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Director of Anvil! might take over Alfred Hitchcock biopic

The L.A. Times reports that Sacha Gervasi, director of heavy-metal documentary Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, is in talks to helm the long-in-the-planning Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho, a biopic (based on Stephen Rebello’s book of the same name) about Hitch’s journey to create his iconic thriller and compete an industry increasingly crowded with younger, cheaper imitation shock-merchants—a story not 180 degrees from that of the influential metal band, in other words. The project has been kicking around for years now, most recently with Anthony Hopkins attached to play the lead, although there’s no indication that Hopkins is still involved; we suppose that might depend on whether he’s too busy playing a rabies-infected Viking or something. Anyway, if Gervasi finally makes a go of it, the film might actually be made before the Dan Fogler-starring Number 13—a mystery-comedy the Balls Of Fury actor once described as in the spirit of Shakespeare In Love—which is still in a holding pattern while prospective co-star Ben Kingsley mulls those not-inconsiderable details over.  

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