‘Hitchcock’ Poster & Release Date: Hannibal Lecter Plays the Master of Suspense

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 21st, 2012 at 2:14 pm,

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There are two impending films that purport to shed some light on what is myth – and what is fact – when it comes to “The Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock. One is HBO’s The Girl, a television movie that explores the filmmaker’s notorious relationship with actress Tippi Hedren. The other is Hitchcock, a theatrical release that previously went under the working title Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho (three guesses as to what it’s about).

Hitchcock sounds like perfect Awards Season fodder; it’s a biographical work about a Hollywood historical figure, as well as testament to a landmark achievement in American filmmaking (like My Week with Marilyn meets RKO 281… sort of). Sure enough, Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that Hitchcock will begin a limited release in the heat of the 2013 Oscar race.

Stephen Rebello’s book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” is the basis for Hitchcock, which examines the studio interference, financing issues, and personal doubts that plagued old Alfred throughout the making of his pioneer slasher film. The spotlight is also shined on Hitchcock’s relationship with his wife Alma Reville – brought to life by Helen Mirren – as well as his time working with bygone showbiz players Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson) and Anthony Perkins (James D’Arcy).

Fox has set Hitchcock to open in limited release over Thanksgiving weekend on November 23rd, two days after fellow awards-hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi open in wide release. The studio has gone ahead and released a poster to commemorate the event, with Sir Anthony Hopkins “in character” as old Alfred. Suffice it to say: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln won’t be the only beloved Oscar-winning thespian bearing an uncanny resemblance to a famous larger-than-life person this November.

Here is the official one-sheet for Hitchcock:


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Directing duties on Hitchcock were handled by Sacha Gervasi – the director of the acclaimed documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil – while the script was penned by Black Swan co-writer John J. McLaughlin. The biographical project is described as a comedy-drama, so it’s reasonable to expect that Hitchcock paints the filmmaker as a playful eccentric – as opposed to The Girl, where old Alfred appears to come off as charming genius one moment, nasty old creeper the next. Which version will be the more captivating to watch, of course, remains to be seen.

The Hitchcock cast is rounded out by Jessica Biel (Total Recall), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire), and Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid). Look for a trailer to drop in the foreseeable future.

Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

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  1. Hitchcock was not the matinee idol yet I would say
    Alfred was better looking than Hopkins in the poster.
    Hitchcock did have a style and he made his look work.
    Always the director he made the most of what he had.

    Playful eccentric is probably a characterization
    Hitchcock himself would agree with so here’s
    hoping this biopic does hit the right marks.

    The making of Psycho is an extraordinary story
    revealing much about Hitchcock’s unique talent
    and determination which resulted in a great movie
    under circumstances no one believed was possible.

  2. I’m afraid Hopkins doesn’t remind me of Hitchcock in the one sheet, nor does it look like Hopkins, who is that guy? This is must see for me, up there with ‘The Hobbit.’ Great time to release it when good titles start to dwindle.

  3. I’ll never forget the 1st time I saw Psycho, it’s one of 3 or 4 films that lead me into becoming the film nerd I am today. After seeing that I made it a goal to learn everything I can about Hitchcock and his films. While it’s not my favorite of his films, I’d put it at 3rd behind Rear Window (I still believe Grace Kelly is the most stunning woman ever to appear on screen) and believe it or not Rope. I’ll admit Rope is nowhere near Hitchcock’s best I just find it incredibly entertaining and fun to watch.
    Back to my point… :)
    While I’ve already read and seen everything related to the making of Psycho it’s a fascinating story and I’m sure with the talent involved it will be a film worth seeing opening weekend.
    I’ll also admit that I’ll watch The Girl even though it’s starting to look like more or less ripped from the tabloids type of film.

  4. Sandy? I think you mean “studio…released a poster to commemorate the event”.

    • No worries, that was my bad.

      Thanks for catching it.

  5. Is emma thompson hes pa?