East London born Alfred Hitchock is to come out of retirement to direct the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony, following in the footsteps of Danny Boyle who produced the hugely acclaimed opening ceremony.
Hitchcock, from Leytonstone, has not directed a film since his death in 1980. He was thrust back into the spotlight recently when Vertigo was voted the best film of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound Decade poll. It had previously been ranked 2nd to Citizen Kane for the last fifty years of the decade poll.
It is not clear what the content of the Ceremony will include. British music was rumoured to be a key part, but with the involvement of Hitch' film is sure to feature, with suggestions of a reworked montage of his greatest films, including Rear Window, Psycho, North by Nortwest, The Birds and Vertigo. Rehearsals have been taking place at Ford Motors warehouse in Dagenham, as revealed by Games-maker Benjamin Button from Loughton, Essex. A spokesman for the esteemed director refused to give any more details and told everybody to tune in sunday night on BBC1 (and other channels around the world)
Fans of Hitchock took to twitter last night to heap praise on the legend. Film critic Jonathan Ross, who grew up in Leytonstone, told followers "Hitch is back. About bwuddy time. Bwilliant" David Beckham, another Leytonstone lad said "I've been waiting all my life for a new Hitchcock"