Anthony Hopkins: Alfred Hitchcock In New Movie?

This could be a Psycho-good casting call.

Modern-day psycho-horror legend Anthony Hopkins is in negotiations to play the original master, Alfred Hitchcock, in a new non-fiction movie about the director's life and film career. The Hollywood Reporter relays that Hopkins is talking to production company Montecito to star in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Rebello's 1998 book, 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.'

The book focuses on the story of Hitchcock's decision to make the now-famous horror movie and the struggle he had to finance and get support for the film. The script, which was written by 'Black Swan' scribe John Laughlin and which Sacha Gervasi is in talks to direct, may concentrate more on his relationship with his wife, Alma Reville.

Hopkins of course has great experience in the creepy horror genre, winning an Academy Award for his role as Hannibal Lecter in 'Silence of the Lambs,' and reprising the part for a number of sequels. He's now appearing in the Satanic-horror 'The Rite,' set to release next week.

He may have to gain weight to play the famously plump Hitchcock -- Hopkins recently lost 75 pounds and adheres to a strict diet and workout regimen.