Joseph Stefano

Joseph William Stefano (May 5, 1922 – August 25, 2006) was an American screenwriter, best known for adapting Robert Bloch's novel as the script for Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho, and for being the producer and co-writer of the original The Outer Limits TV series.wikipedia
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Psycho (1960 film)

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Joseph William Stefano (May 5, 1922 – August 25, 2006) was an American screenwriter, best known for adapting Robert Bloch's novel as the script for Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho, and for being the producer and co-writer of the original The Outer Limits TV series.
Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, and written by Joseph Stefano.

The Outer Limits (1963 TV series)

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Joseph William Stefano (May 5, 1922 – August 25, 2006) was an American screenwriter, best known for adapting Robert Bloch's novel as the script for Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho, and for being the producer and co-writer of the original The Outer Limits TV series. Stefano was also offered the job of scripting Hitchcock's The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964), but was already committed to produce and write for his friend Leslie Stevens' science fiction television anthology series The Outer Limits.
Writers for The Outer Limits included creator Stevens and Joseph Stefano (screenwriter of Hitchcock's Psycho), who was the Season 1 producer and creative guiding force.

Eye of the Cat

The thriller Eye of the Cat (1969) and the comedy Futz (1969) were Stefano's last big-screen jobs for many years.
The screenplay is by Joseph Stefano, best known as the author of the script for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

Skin of Evil

Stefano also wrote one episode for the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988) entitled "Skin of Evil".
The story premise was written by Joseph Stefano, and the screenplay was re-written by Hannah Louise Shearer.

Marnie (film)

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Stefano was also offered the job of scripting Hitchcock's The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964), but was already committed to produce and write for his friend Leslie Stevens' science fiction television anthology series The Outer Limits.
He commissioned Joseph Stefano, the screenwriter of Hitchcock's recently released Psycho, to work on the script.

Psycho (novel)

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Stefano was commissioned by Alfred Hitchcock to adapt Robert Bloch's novel Psycho (1960) for the screen.
It was written by Joseph Stefano and starred Anthony Perkins as Bates and Janet Leigh in an Academy Award-nominated performance as Marion Crane (changed from "Mary" for the film, as there was a Mary Crane in Phoenix at that time).

Snowbeast

Throughout the 1970s, he wrote many television films such as Revenge! (1971), A Death of Innocence (1971), Home for the Holidays (1972), Live Again, Die Again (1974), Aloha Means Goodbye (1974) and Snowbeast (1977).
Snowbeast is a 1977 American made-for-television horror film starring Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux, Robert Logan and Clint Walker, directed by Herb Wallerstein from a teleplay written by Joseph Stefano, who wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 thriller Psycho.

Psycho IV: The Beginning

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Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) posits the origins of Norman Bates' destructive mother-love, featuring Olivia Hussey as Mrs. Bates.
The film was written by Joseph Stefano, who also wrote the screenplay of the original film.

Psycho (1998 film)

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Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho (1998) followed Stefano's script punctiliously, and in the biopic Hitchcock (2012), about the making of Psycho, he is portrayed by Ralph Macchio.
Although this version is in color, features a different cast, and is set in 1998, it is closer to a shot-for-shot remake than most remakes, often copying Hitchcock's camera movements and editing, and Joseph Stefano's script is mostly carried over.

The Black Orchid (film)

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Stefano began writing movie scripts in the late 1950s, firstly for Martin Ritt with The Black Orchid (1959); his father was a tailor, and his mother made silk flowers and this was an influence on the screenplay.

Two Bits

Stefano wrote and executive produced the Al Pacino drama Two Bits (1995), a personal project that fared poorly at the box-office and with critics, leaving Stefano less than enthusiastic about continuing to write for modern Hollywood.
It was written by Joseph Stefano, who considered the film a personal project, with a semi-biographical story.

The Invisibles (The Outer Limits)

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Notice the unusual stop in the course of the opening narration which seems to indicate that the Control Voice makes a mistake of appreciation: “Today, finally, they will join the hu... I almost said the human race.” In fact, this sudden break in rhythm explains what the writer, Joseph Stefano, thinks of the statement.

Live Again, Die Again

Throughout the 1970s, he wrote many television films such as Revenge! (1971), A Death of Innocence (1971), Home for the Holidays (1972), Live Again, Die Again (1974), Aloha Means Goodbye (1974) and Snowbeast (1977).
It is directed by Richard A. Colla from a teleplay written by Joseph Stefano, based on the novel Come to Mother by David Sale.

Revenge!

Throughout the 1970s, he wrote many television films such as Revenge! (1971), A Death of Innocence (1971), Home for the Holidays (1972), Live Again, Die Again (1974), Aloha Means Goodbye (1974) and Snowbeast (1977).

Hitchcock (film)

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Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho (1998) followed Stefano's script punctiliously, and in the biopic Hitchcock (2012), about the making of Psycho, he is portrayed by Ralph Macchio.
Following, additional cast members were announced that included Toni Collette as the director's trusted assistant, Danny Huston as screenwriter-playwright Whitfield Cook, Michael Stuhlbarg as powerful agent and studio boss Lew Wasserman, Michael Wincott as serial killer Ed Gein, Ralph Macchio as screenwriter Joseph Stefano, Richard Portnow as Paramount Pictures boss Barney Balaban, and Wallace Langham as graphic designer Saul Bass.

Ralph Macchio

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Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho (1998) followed Stefano's script punctiliously, and in the biopic Hitchcock (2012), about the making of Psycho, he is portrayed by Ralph Macchio.
Macchio portrays Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano.

Home for the Holidays (1972 film)

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Throughout the 1970s, he wrote many television films such as Revenge! (1971), A Death of Innocence (1971), Home for the Holidays (1972), Live Again, Die Again (1974), Aloha Means Goodbye (1974) and Snowbeast (1977).

A Death of Innocence

Throughout the 1970s, he wrote many television films such as Revenge! (1971), A Death of Innocence (1971), Home for the Holidays (1972), Live Again, Die Again (1974), Aloha Means Goodbye (1974) and Snowbeast (1977).

The Naked Edge

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The screenplay was by Joseph Stefano and Max Ehrlich, the music score by William Alwyn and the cinematography by Erwin Hillier and Tony White.

The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre

The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre is a 1964 American made-for-television thriller film written, produced and directed by Joseph Stefano.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center

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Stefano died of a heart attack at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California, in 2006.

Swamp Thing (1990 TV series)

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Developed for television by Joseph Stefano (known for the classic movie Psycho and legendary series The Outer Limits), Swamp Thing was filmed in the brand-new Universal Studios Florida facilities and soundstages by Universal's MTE division.