Scorsese to Direct ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’

hugoI’ll admit it, when I worked at Barnes & Noble a few years ago, I used to read on the clock when there were no customers around and no books to put away. My favorite book that I read that year was a kid’s book called The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The story is about a boy who lives in a train station and stumbles upon a mysterious robot, which he labors tirelessly to repair.

The book is so magical, because it blends illustrations with an incredibly detailed story, and I could see it all in front of me as I read. I couldn’t help thinking just how great this book would translate to the screen. Better news couldn’t be coming out of that front, as Martin Scorsese has officially signed on to direct the adaptation for film.

The film is set to take place in 1930’s Paris, which is good considering how well Scorsese worked with period pieces such as The Aviator and Gangs of New York. The film is being fast-tracked for a June 1 production date, with such mega producers as Graham King (The Departed), Tim Headington (Edge of Darkness) and even Johnny Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil.

We can expect to see plenty more from the project, with productions starting up in 6 months. In the meantime, you can catch Martin Scorsese’s next film, Shutter Island in theaters on February 19th.

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