Scarlett Johansson and James D'Arcy Joining 'The Making of Psycho'

March 2, 2012
Source: Variety

Janet Leigh / Scarlett Johansson

The year 2011 was a good time for Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, a film that has drawn comparisons to My Week with Marilyn. Not only was Anthony Hopkins said to play the legendary filmmaker (after being rumored to play Hitchcock in a project the actor was developing called Alfred Hitchcock Presnts), but Helen Mirren joined the project as his wife Alma and Anvil! The Story of Anvil director was lined up to direct. Now the cast is getting even better as Variety reports Scarlett Johansson and James D'Arcy are set to play Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, the stars of the classic horror film.

For those just joining us, the film, based on the book of the same name, follows 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. The relationship between Hitchcock and his wife is also integral to the script by Black Swan writer John McLaughlin. Knowing the outcome of the story and how the film has gone on to become one of the greatest horror films of all-time and generally a cinematic classic, this is one of those stories that should really dig into the details.

Johansson is pretty much the perfect choice to play Janet Leigh, though it's interesting that this film is said to be akin to My Week with Marilyn because Michelle Williams also would've been a stellar choice. Meanwhile, D'arcy, who has plenty of experience in films like Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and most recently W.E., but isn't a household name just yet, also seems like a great casting choice as well. This will most certainly be a film that will get a lot of Academy Awards attention when the time comes and I'm already excited to see how it turns out.

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So this is going to be a new trend in cinema, making-of pictures with high production value?

Robert L. Tuva on Mar 2, 2012


Perhaps, non-documentary film productions about the making of great films? 'George Lucas and the making of Star Wars' 'James Cameron: Raising the Titanic' Steven Spielberg: Discovering Jurassic Park' This type of film is certainly going to get more promotion and mainstream attention than any well crafted documentary about the making of the film.

Chris_G on Mar 2, 2012


Well, the titles would be in any case sort of non-documentary too, like My Week with Marilyn. Behind the Shower Curtain with Alf. ūüôā I can't see it released with the in-the-blog-mentioned title.

Robert L. Tuva on Mar 2, 2012


There actually is a script about the making of Star Wars called Chewie, and it's told through the eyes of Peter Mayhew, who played the Wookiee in the film. It made the Black List last year, but there's not telling if it will ever actually go into production.

Ethan Anderton on Mar 2, 2012


Making ofs are the new remakes.

Max Renn on Mar 3, 2012


I'm really looking forward to 'The Making of The Making of Psycho'. 

J. Todd on Mar 2, 2012


Hopkins will be perfect as Hitchcock.

grimjob on Mar 2, 2012


shoulda been williams as leigh and garfield as perkins

junglejim on Mar 2, 2012


check out filmcycle dot wordpress dot com for a great blog post about this topic.

Raymond Woods on Mar 2, 2012


Story is wrong.  Screenplay is by McLaughlin with rewrites by Rebello.  The McL script was on the Black List but it's the later scripts that Rabello did that are really about Hitchcock and his wife.  This is going to surprise people.  it's not what they're going to expect, which is why top people are attracted to it.  Why don't bloggers get this stuff right?

GigoloJoe on Mar 2, 2012


 look for more about real Scarlett by typing Scarlett Johansson clone in Google search bar and you would see much more then in The Island movie..

Guest on Mar 4, 2012

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