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Scorsese sets his sights on Hugo Cabret's invention... again!

01.22.2010
There aren't enough wonderful things one can say about Marty Scorsese that haven't already been said. He just received the Cecil B. DeMille award during last weekend's Golden Globes and he's got SHUTTER ISLAND coming out very soon which, by all accounts, is an awesome film.

So what's next for the revered auteur? Looks like the adaptation of Brian Selznick's THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, a project that Scorsese and his DEPARTED producer Graham King optioned back in early 2007. The project eventually moved away from Scorsese and went to ICE AGE director Chris Wedge in 2008 before, yet again, going back to Scorsese as early as the beginning of this month (thanks to the solid reporting of European publications Zeit Online and Comme Au Cinéma).

A breakdown of the story from Mike's 2007 write-up: "The book follows a 12-year-old boy living in a train station at the turn of the 20th century. His father, a museum curator, dies but not before showing him his latest discovery - a robot sitting at a desk waiting to deliver an important message, if only they could turn him on. The young boy becomes obsessed with solving the mystery in his father's memory to find out the robot's secret."

In all that movement of the project, what's changed? Not much apart from what seems like the determination to actually get this sucker moving (no doubt bolstered by the critical successes of Spike Jonze's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and Wes Anderson's FANTASTIC MR. FOX). They're still using John Logan's adaptation (Logan, who has been on board from the start) and they're currently on the fast track for a June 1st start date in London.

Scorsese has, literally, a gajillion projects on his back burner, so I'm not even gonna try to list them. But it looks like HUGO CABRET will be his next. And honestly, from what I know of the book, it touches on elements that seem central to Scorsese's love of European cinema which has me stoked to see what sort of vision he'll bring to a genre he's yet to tackle.

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Extra Tidbit: From what I'm hearing about SHUTTER ISLAND, it sounds like Scorsese has a whole lot of horror director in him! What can't this guy do?
Source: Variety

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6:59AM on 01/25/2010

Good source material

For those who haven't "read" this book (it's almost entirely told in pictures), it's a wonderful book. It works well as a silent picture book...might work well as a silent movie, but does Scorsese have the balls to make a SILENT movie a century after they went out of style? I just don't see the quiet way in which this book hits you being easily translated into a "talkie".
For those who haven't "read" this book (it's almost entirely told in pictures), it's a wonderful book. It works well as a silent picture book...might work well as a silent movie, but does Scorsese have the balls to make a SILENT movie a century after they went out of style? I just don't see the quiet way in which this book hits you being easily translated into a "talkie".
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7:29AM on 01/23/2010
First off, I think Scorsese is grossly overrated. With the exception of THE DEPARTED, I find his movies to be pompously-filmed, the acting hammy (and even from otherwise normally good actors), the accents ATROCIOUS (again, even with good actors), and overall the moods to be too grim, ugly, or otherwise moody.

That said, I thought THE DEPARTED was a decent *little* film (not a groundbreaking drama, just another good cops and gangsters movie). Could the same formula work with SHUTTER ISLAND?
First off, I think Scorsese is grossly overrated. With the exception of THE DEPARTED, I find his movies to be pompously-filmed, the acting hammy (and even from otherwise normally good actors), the accents ATROCIOUS (again, even with good actors), and overall the moods to be too grim, ugly, or otherwise moody.

That said, I thought THE DEPARTED was a decent *little* film (not a groundbreaking drama, just another good cops and gangsters movie). Could the same formula work with SHUTTER ISLAND? Maybe. Hopefully - it's a damn good book.

But HUGO CABRET? Color me skeptical.
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7:42PM on 01/22/2010

This will be fantastic

My daughter picked this book up at the library and it was laying around the house a few weeks ago. Looked interesting so I read it. Really good stuff. I had no idea Martin was interested in making the adaptation. This story sticks with you. Its popped back into my head several times since reading it. Anyone who claims to like Film, will really enjoy this. Get excited.
My daughter picked this book up at the library and it was laying around the house a few weeks ago. Looked interesting so I read it. Really good stuff. I had no idea Martin was interested in making the adaptation. This story sticks with you. Its popped back into my head several times since reading it. Anyone who claims to like Film, will really enjoy this. Get excited.
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7:21PM on 01/22/2010
personally i want to see another mob movie instead of a kids film but you can't always get what you want.
personally i want to see another mob movie instead of a kids film but you can't always get what you want.
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1:27PM on 01/22/2010
he cant trim his eyebrows.
thats it.
he cant trim his eyebrows.
thats it.
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1:23PM on 01/22/2010

shutter island

i just read shutter island. the book is a story that was a trend for a brief moment in hollywood 5-10 years ago with about a half dozen movies (dont want to reveal too much), but kind of in a different way. very eerie and mysterious, and i cant wait to see what scorcese does with it.
i just read shutter island. the book is a story that was a trend for a brief moment in hollywood 5-10 years ago with about a half dozen movies (dont want to reveal too much), but kind of in a different way. very eerie and mysterious, and i cant wait to see what scorcese does with it.
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10:00AM on 01/22/2010

Scores easy..

I'll watch just about anything Scorsese brings out.. even if it were something as epically banal as Nation's Pride from Basterds. Man, he could make a classic out of that thing if he so willed!
I'll watch just about anything Scorsese brings out.. even if it were something as epically banal as Nation's Pride from Basterds. Man, he could make a classic out of that thing if he so willed!
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8:58AM on 01/22/2010
Sounds promising
Sounds promising
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