Filming has begun on the adaptation of Stephen Rebello’s non-fiction book,  a very informative and entertaining look at the making of Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho. 

The book begins with the story of Ed Gein, the serial killer who inspired Robert Bloch to write the novel Psycho.   The book then follows the entire process of making the film, from acquiring the rights to Bloch’s novel, to writing the screenplay, casting, filming, publicity and audience response.

An inventive marketing strategy was key to the success of the movie.  One could argue it was the most ingenious marketing of any film up to that point.  It was also one of the most profitable films of Hitchcock’s entire career.

If you love the movie Psycho, you’ll probably enjoy the book, which is packed with lots of great stories, culled from interviews with many of the people involved in the making of the movie.

And now the book about the making of the movie is being made into a movie.  You follow?

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to hear that this film was being made, and even more surprised to see all the A-list actors involved.

Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock?  He can definitely pull it off, although he might have to wear some extra padding.

Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh?  I love ScarJo, but I just don’t see this one at all.

Jessica Biel as Vera Miles?   I have an easier time imagining this one working than I do Scarlett as Janet.  But who knows, they may all surprise.

The cast also includes Helen Mirren as Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville, James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins, and Toni Collette as script supervisor and close Hitchcock collaborator Peggy Robertson.

The movie is set for release in 2013.  A movie with this many A-listers should generate some buzz, lets hope they do the book and the Hitchcock legacy proud!

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