Director Sacha Gervasi (who directed the great Anvil: The Story of Anvil and wrote The Terminal) and screenwriter John J. McLaughlin (oh, a little film called Black Swan) have teamed up to adapt Stephen Rebello's gripping book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, and holy crap, it looks great.
The film has been on my radar somewhat because I enjoyed the book and I think Hopkins is inspired casting as the director, but it never occurred to me that the movie would exhibit such a fun, snappy energy. I love the tone of the trailer - so wry and sprightly! I'm absolutely dying over Helen Mirren as Hitchcock's long-suffering wife Alma Reville. Add a kicky score, stylishly retro art direction and a fun supporting cast that includes Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Ralph Macchio (whoa!), James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins and Michael Wincott as Ed Gein himself, and I am so into this.
I love movies about the making of real movies - I've seen RKO: 281 more than a few times - and Psycho is a brilliant film with a story of its production and censorship battles that is equally as interesting. And I'm fascinated by Hitchcock, his self-righteous disdain for the women he directed and the characters he helped shape in constant battle with the lusty little nerd he was inside. While Hitchcock looks fun and stylish, I hope it isn't shallow. The man offers a wealth of intriguing issues, and the movie can only benefit from diving into that twisted psyche.
ETA: I love the poster, too! Very chic and jazzy.