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Gervasi's 'Hitchcock' Shortens Title & Calls Itself A Love Story; Shoots April 13 in LA with Hopkins, Mirren & Johansson

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 12, 2012 at 12:01PM

Principal photography on "Hitchcock" (retitled from "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho") will begin April 13 in Los Angeles...
Cast of Alfred Hitchcock and Making of Psycho

UPDATE: Principal photography on "Hitchcock" (retitled from "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho") will begin April 13 in Los Angeles. The cast of Sacha Gervasi's pic includes Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh (who played Marion Crane), Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville, James D'Arcy ("W.E") as Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates), Jessica Biel (Vera Miles), Michael Stuhlberg (Lew Wasserman), Toni Collette (Hitchcock's secretary Peggy), Michael Wincott (Ed Gein), Kurtwood Smith (Geoffrey Shurlock), Richard Portnow (Barney Balaban) and Danny Duston (Whitfield Cook).

Hitchcock on set with Leigh
Hitchcock on set with Leigh

Before "Psycho" proved naysayers (Paramount) wrong by becoming a hit in 1960, Hitchcock struggled to get it made. The script, penned by John Mclaughlin (with revisions by Ryan Murphy, Stephen Rebello and Gervasi), is a love story about the famed director and his wife during the making of film.

Sure, fans will be excited to see Johansson shooting the shower scene (it took Hitchcock over a week to shoot, before it became the stuff of editing legend), but the whole package is promising indeed. Check out the original "Psycho" trailer and a modern reworking below:

The Fox Searchlight pic is produced by Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Tom Pollock (Montecito Picture Company), along with Tom Thayer and Alan Barnette.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.