With Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho already sequelized, prequelized, and converted into a TV series — the upcoming A&E venture will be the second show going by the name Bates Motel — and remade (both in unofficial and official shot-by-shot capacities), it was only a matter of time before some industrious filmmakers tackled the goings-on behind the scenes of the classic horror movie. There's only so much of the buffalo to use, and that's a prime piece of meat.
Enter the upcoming, and kind of on-the-nose-titled, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho that's set to start shooting any day now. Directed by Sacha Gervasi (who made the incredible Anvil! The Story of Anvil) and starring Anthony Hopkins as Hitch, the movie "follows Hitchcock and his struggles during the filmmaking of the horror classic."
But the question since day one has been who will get to portray the lovely Janet Leigh as she comes unhinged during the seventy-seven different camera set-ups for the iconic shower scene. According to Variety, it's going to be Scarlett Johannson. And "sources" haven't wasted any time trying to generate awards show buzz for Johannson already:
Sources tell Variety that "Making of Psycho" has drawn comparisons to "My Week With Marilyn," and that the role of Janet Leigh could lead to the same awards consideration for Johansson that the Marilyn Monroe role did for Michelle Williams.
Inherent skepticism about awards talk aside, I'll be interested to see what kind of banshee scream Johansson can muster up for her big scenes.