Backers of an Australian remake of the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock horror thriller Psycho are furious that their project has been inadvertently and prematurely exposed before post-production has wrapped.
My film industry sources tell me that producers of the until-now top secret remake were forced to swing into damage control when Network Ten’s political editor Peter van Onselen unknowingly came close to exposing full details of the film at the National Press Club.
They say the actions of van Onselen nearly revealed the fact that the new Psycho will star Prime Minister Scott Morrison and former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian.
An industry insider involved in the production has provided me with exclusive details of the new Psycho film and has assured me that post-production is continuing with the aim of a pre-election release of the new movie.
“That wanker van Onselen came close to letting the cat out of the bag so we’ve no alternative but to release some details of the production,” the industry source told me.
“Clearly that wanker van Onselen didn’t know that filming of the Psycho remake has finished and it’s now in post-production after the first scenes were shot three years ago.
“It’s clear he was fed some random social media exchanges, didn’t understand the coded language they contained which was designed to protect the secrecy of the project, and just blurted them out in questions to Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the National Press Club this week.
“I’ve got to take my hat off to Scott. He knew the full import of what he was being asked, but he kept a straight – if somewhat smirky – face and didn’t give anything away.
“It just goes to show what a tremendous actor he is and how lucky we are to have him in the role made famous by Tony Perkins in the original movie.”
The insider said producers were also grateful to have secured the talents of Gladys Berejiklian in the role made famous by Janet Leigh.
“We signed both of them up to the project more than three years ago and we’ve been forced to fit shooting around their busy schedules,” the industry source told me.
“Of course Gladys has been a bit more free with her time in recent months, but the PM has still been very generous and just the other day turned up at the Sydney studio to overdub some of his lines that he mangled in some scenes in the original shoots. In fact all of his lines in every scene in every shoot.”
The insider also told me that federal Attorney-General Michaelia Cash makes a cameo appearance in the new Psycho as the frighteningly desiccated corpse of the mother of lead character Norman Bates. (pictured)
“She was a great choice because we didn’t need any make-up, prosthetics, special effects, or CGI to make audiences jump when they see her,” the industry source said.