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Martin Scorsese Looks to Direct The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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January 22, 2010

Martin Scorsese / The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Since the prospect of Martin Scorsese directing an adaptation of Brian Selznick's best-selling children's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret has been gestating since 2007, this isn't exactly groundbreaking news. However, Variety's confirmation means that Scorsese is finally making serious moves to get the project off the ground. The trade points out the interesting recent trend of high profile directors tackling children's material (i.e. Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox and Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are), however, Scorsese's hyper-violent and dark style makes him the most unlikely to fall into the trend.

The story will take Scorsese back to 1930's Paris, France where the story centers on a 12-year-old orphan named Hugo who finds himself living in a train station, and still dedicated to his late father's ambition to solve the mystery of a broken robot. The book has been a longtime best-seller and it's illustrations have not only received praised in the literary world (winning the Randolph Caldecott medal in 2008), but by filmmakers for closely resembling movie storyboard frames.

It's interesting to note that despite stepping into unfamiliar territory, Scorsese is not collaborating with any well-known filmmakers of family-friendly-fare, but rather working with familiar colleagues like Graham King (who produced The Departed) and John Logan (who wrote The Aviator). Seeing Scorsese tackle children's literature has definitely peaked my interest, and I'm glad to see one of the best filmmakers working today taking it on, rather than a mediocre family-friendly director like Ice Age's Chris Wedge (who was once attached). What do you guys think of Scorsese's dive into children's literature?

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  • JPCaetano
    What do I think of it?! Bring it on! I look at Scorecese and he actually looks like one of those old wise men who tell stories to children. Who knows, he could actually be good at it. I'm totally open for it if he wants to do it. It certainly does perk up my ears :)
  • jebstuart
    scorsese can do no wrong
  • rowdy
    as long as he dosnt try to play down to kids it should be something great besides when you think about all the films hes made kids movies are probably the only ganre he hasnt dove into
  • In-Rainbows
    Leonardo DiCaprio as a 12 year old boy?? This should be interesting. harharhar!
  • SlashBeast
    Lol, there is no "trend".
  • Lando
    This man does NOTHING for kids..you never have to worry about a Scorsese flic!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a pretty interesting concept(although Ive only heard an interview with the writer) and if Marty is on board then Im down!!! cant wait..

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