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Scorsese's Hugo Cabret Is Underway
Full cast announced

30 June 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Coming Soon

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With all the gossip about Sinatra, this slipped our minds for a little while. But here to remind us is a press release from Sony (via Coming Soon) with the glorious news that Martin Scorsese has started filming his adaptation of Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Hugo Cabret (as we're now apparently to call it) stars Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz. And as if that wasn't enough, there'll also be support from Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Helen McRory, Frances De La Tour, and Uncle Monty himself, Richard Griffiths. Just as well Marty is filming in 3D: he'll need the extra space to fit everyone in.

Scorsese's involvement with bringing the book to the screen goes back a few years. He picked up the rights in 2007, then handed the reigns to Chris Wedge a year or so later, only to retrieve them a few months ago. 

Selznick's beautiful, heavily illustrated, not-quite kids' tome is about the orphaned Hugo, living in 1930s Paris in the roof of the Gare Montparnasse, where he tends the clock whilst trying to repair an automaton left him by his father. A tender and affecting relationship drama as well as a cracking adventure and mystery, it's also intricately tied up with the history of cinema, with Georges Melies playing a major role. No wonder it appealed to the cinephile Scorsese.

The production is rounded out by previous Marty collaborators, from screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator) to production designer Dante Ferretti (Shutter Island). Shooting has just started in London, but a large proportion will take place in Paris. A date in late 2011 is pencilled into Sony's release schedule.   

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RE: Hugo Cabret
L: jinks The last director i expected to make a film in 3D sp; Scorsese. A fantastic director.   Why is it that his recent films have been only 'good', not classic, not greats...   Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed, Gangs of New York, etc - they are good, but that's it   I hope brete amongst Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Cape Fear, etc. I have my doubts, but I have hope too...   Oh and ignore the 3D. Who cares. More

Posted by robwillphill at 10:13 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

3D is so overrated, and also nothing new. 3D has always been around, and has never rocked the world for a long time. hopefully it'll die down pretty soon. Scorsese is the master when it comes to camera technique and visual style, he doesn't need the 3D element to enhance the look of his movies. But he is so unique and innovative with the camera, so he might be able to bring something new to 3D by attatching the element with some of his awesome camera moves. He's a tradtitional filmmaker who has More

Posted by filmgeek555 at 12:37 on 01 July 2010 | Report This Post

Sounds Excellent.
No DeNiro? No DiCaprio? Werid. But I did just order the book of when I read this, looks like my kind of story, sound like it will good in 3D. Only it sounds like a Baz Luhrman or Tim Burton sort of film, not Scorsese. But I like to see what he does with it. More

Posted by Kurtis93 at 12:52 on 30 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Scorsese's Hugo Cabret Is Underway
Cabret is a great book, and one that I actually bought for a bunch of people a few christmasses ago. As a film lover I can't wait to see what Scorsese will do with it, as its a book that should clearly tap into the cineaste, film-passionate side of him. The 3D aspect does worry me, but only because I don't like 3D. The story is perfectly suited to the format though, with lots of mechanical aspects, and the location of the boys home a befitting locale for a filmmaker wanting to work in 3D. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 10:27 on 30 June 2010 | Report This Post

As said above, I didn't expect Scorsese to give in to 3D too! Has he fallen out with De Niro or something!!! More

Posted by MarcE at 10:06 on 30 June 2010 | Report This Post

At least he's actually shooting in 3D and not doing some sack o' shit conversion job like some people (Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans I'm looking at you). More

Posted by goodyer19 at 09:25 on 30 June 2010 | Report This Post

Hmmmm,i don't know what to think!! The subject matter sounds very interesting,then they mention 3D!!!!! Could Marty be the first director to make a decent 3D film??? More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 09:24 on 30 June 2010 | Report This Post

The last director i expected to make a film in 3D More

Posted by jinks at 09:01 on 30 June 2010 | Report This Post

Scorsese? Filming in 3D? Nooo... not him too... More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 01:24 on 30 June 2010 | Report This Post

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