In 1959, Robert Hale Ltd published Psycho by Robert Bloch. Bloch himself won the prestigious SF Hugo award in the same year. The psychological horror followed Marion Crane as she stole money from her boss and fled to a motel and encountered the brilliantly creepy Norman Bates, who ran the now infamous Bates Motel. Bloch would later follow up Psycho with Psycho II and Psycho House, as well as numerous other books.
In 1960, only one year after Psycho was first published, Director Alfred Hitchcock released one of the most popular and successful films of his career – the film adaptation of Psycho. The film, which starred Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, shocked audiences the world over and went on to gross an estimated $50 million worldwide.
The film spawned a remake in 1998 starring Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche and Julianne Moore and numerous sequels including Psycho II (1983), Psycho III (1986) and Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990).
Now, it seems, a new film has begun to take form in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho – a film, as the title suggests, about what went into making the 1960 adaptation and Hitchcock’s struggle to get funding for the picture. So far, Anthony Hopkins has been cast as Alfred Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Reville, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins. Jessica Biel has recently been added to the cast list and is set to play Vera Miles. The film is rumoured to be released in 2013.More than fifty years after its initial release, people are still talking about Psycho – a book The New York Times called “Icily terrifying”. Who knows what it will have become in another fifty years…