Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho has been in development for the better part of four years at Paramount and now it’s in the process of being set up at Fox Searchlight.
Anthony Hopkins (Thor, The Wolfman, The Silence of the Lambs) is already attached to play Hitchcock and Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) is directing the feature based on a script by John McLaughlin (Black Swan).
Now, both Hopkins and Gervasi are trying to cast Mirren in the role of Hitchcock’s wife Ama Reville, according to THR.
THR’s sources are cautioning that the deal making behind the move as well as getting Mirren on board are in the early stages, but an April production start is being considered.
The project will be based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello which tracks how Hitchcock, at the height of his game as a director, decided to make a “lowly” horror film. Initially no studio wanted to touch Psycho, so Hitchcock came up with financing on his own and the film went on to become one of his biggest and most influential films of all time.
Both Hopkins and Gervasi have been attached to the project for the past year.
Mirren most recently starred in the remake of Arthur and prior to that Red. She will nest be seen in The Door.
Hopkins starred in both Thor and The Rite this year and will next be seen in 360 in January.