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Sir Anthony Hopkins is in talks to portray Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock in "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho," an adaptation of Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book. This marks the second time Hopkins is up for the role, following a previous attempt to adapt the book that fell through, according to Heat Vision.
The book, published in 1998, follows how Hitchcock, a director at the top of his game, decided to make a silly little horror movie, a project that no studio wanted to finance. That movie was, of course, "Psycho," which became one of his biggest hits and one of the most influential horror films ever.
That shower scene still gets us every time. You know the one.
John McLaughlin ("Black Swan") is adapting the script, which also focuses on Hitchcock's relationship with his wife, Alma Reville, a role to which Helen Mirren was once attached. Sacha Gervasi, the man behind the acclaimed documentary, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," is in talks to direct.
Anthony Hopkins is certainly no stranger to biography films and portraying 20th century historical characters, having played Richard Nixon in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" and C.S. Lewis in "Shadowlands." He'd be great as Hitch, and the role would allow him to show off his mischievous sense of humor ("Bram Stoker's Dracula," anyone?), which he doesn't get to do very often.
Meanwhile, Hopkins is set to battle devils and demons in "The Rite," opening Jan. 28.