Anthony Hopkins Yet Again Considering Playing Alfred Hitchcock

January 22, 2011
Source: THR

Alfred Hitchcock / Anthony Hopkins

A few days ago we reported on the news that Anvil! The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi was in line, but not officially signed on yet, to direct the feature film Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho that's about the legendary filmmaker and the making of his seminal horror classic. It's an odd story because years ago, Anthony Hopkins was developing his own Hitchcock feature called Alfred Hitchcock Presents that he was going to star in, and it sounds like this is the same project but revamped with a new director and new title. However, Heat Vision now confirms that Hopkins is back "in talks" to play Hitchcock once again.

The book that Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is based on, first published in 1998, tracks how Hitchcock, at the height of his game as a director, decided to make a "lowly" horror movie. No studio wanted to touch it initially so Hitchcock scrounged for financing by himself. And the rest is history. At the center of the John McLaughlin (Black Swan) script is the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville. THR says no deals have been made yet, but Gervasi & Hopkins are taking meetings and talking. Considering his involvement with the previous Hitchcock property, it's more-than-likely he'll end up taking on this, too.

That's all the new information they have on this project for now, but you can read our very old 2007 article where Hopkins talks about playing Hitchcock. It sounds like this isn't fully confirmed yet, but we'll let you know once it comes together. I'm still interested in seeing him take on this potentially profound role. You?

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  • Anonymous
    So its a movie about Hitchcock trying to MAKE Psycho?... Intriguing...
  • Silencio!
    Well the title 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' is alot better than the other one...still hands off Hitchcock and his legacy.
  • Andiana97
  • Edifice
    The title was NEVER 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents.' That came from a blogger who didn't bother to check his facts. John McLaughlin wrote early drafts. Stephen Rebello wrote later drafts.
  • Maybe get someone who looks like him, like outside of the 10 actors that Hollywood uses. I know I know they won't have the same 'star' power that people need to make them believe it will be any good. Funny how Psycho is now regarded as a classic.
  • Film Fan
    Geez, here we go again. Sure, Hopkins is an amazing actor. But he looks NOTHING like Hitchcock. Just like he looked nothing like Nixon. It completely detaches the audience.
  • John
    You took the words right out of my mouth Film Fan!
  • Anonymous
    FINALLY Will Smith is making a sequel to both Hitch and Hancock. At the SAME TIME. With Anthony Hopkins. SWEET ! ! ! Hitchcock will be AWESOME.
  • voodoo2
    Might as well get Jack Black to play Hitchcock, since he looks as much like him as Hannibal the Cannibal does.
  • Yes very much would I like to see Anthony Hopkins take on the role of Alfred Hitchcock - there is talk too of Helen Mirren starring too. Interesting that recent Sky HD poll named Hopkins as Best British Actor of all time, Hitchcock Best British Director and Helen Mirren was a close second to Judi Dench, as Best Actress. So, look forward with interest to seeing this project materialise. Thanks for book reference.
  • Rankography
    I love Anthony Hopkins but I am not sure this one is a good fit.  I think Jim Broadbent would be a much better fit from a looks standpoint.  Broadbent is a terrific actor also. BTW, you might like this ranking of the best Hitchcock Films ever




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