An Alfred Hitchcock frenzy is taking place in Hollywood and on Broadway.
The master of suspense’s presence will be felt in several upcoming projects over the next year. What’s it all about, Alfred? Who knows, but here are four Hitchcock-related projects taking shape.
Toby Jones stars as Hitchcock in this Oct. 20 HBO movie about his turbulent relationship with Birds star Tippi Hedren, which was apparently creepier than anything that happened in the movie they were making. Ruffling feathers with Jones will be Sienna Miller as Hedren and Imelda Staunton as Hitch’s long-suffering wife, Alma.
This time it’s Anthony Hopkins as Hitch in Fox Searchlight’s biographical comedy-drama that focuses on the making of the director’s groundbreaking film Psycho, including his battles with censors, self-doubts about whether he could still be edgy and his relationship with Alma, played by Helen Mirren. As actress Janet Leigh, Scarlett Johansson will take that famous shower-turned-bloodbath. Brit James D’Arcy co-stars as Anthony Perkins and Jessica Biel plays Vera Miles.
Speaking of Psycho, we’ll finally get to meet Norman Bates’ mom in the flesh in A&E’s 10-episode series, a prequel to Hitchcock’s 1960 classic. Departed actress Vera Farmiga will check in as Norma Bates, proprietor of the Bates Motel and mommy dearest to one of the screen’s most famous wackos. The network promises that the miniseries, which is slated to air next year, will give viewers the dark, twisted backstory between mother and son.
Hitchcock’s 1940 Oscar winner about a young bride who moves into an eerie mansion – complete with loony housekeeper and the looming presence of her husband’s dead first wife – is being resurrected on Broadway, as a musical.
Rehearsals for the show, which were supposed to begin last week, were postponed until Sept. 24 after the death of a major investor. Previews had been scheduled to begin Oct. 30 at the Broadhurst Theatre, although it’s possible they also could be delayed.