Scorsese directing The Invention of Hugo Cabret?
Martin Scorsese has a bunch of projects on his slate, and like any of the big directors he always has a fair number being juggled with a few being pulled forward to develop and one plucked from those few to make it his current project. So with a full slate already, word has come out about another film he's planning to make, adapting the prize winning graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
The story by Brian Selznick follows the twelve year old Hugo Cabret who lives within the walls of a Paris train station, remaining a secret to those who live their lives passing through the station. However a girl and her grandfather put that secrecy in jeopardy, and around him a mystery unravels from a hidden message from his dead father.
Brian Selznick, the author and artist of The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), says that his work is not just a story with accompanying images, but that the drawings form part of the storytelling. You can read more about the book and his words on the Amazon US site.
The story comes from commeaucinema.com through AuteursDaily and The Playlist, however it does come with some clear warnings. The story appears to be out of nowhere, no official sources have the story as yet, and despite all this Martin Scorsese has a full plate of films at the moment.
The project has been through a number of iterations, and this is the first word of the latest, the previous aren't worth mentioning as no one would have thought that Scorsese would pick this up, however it looks like he will be fitting in The Invention of Hugo Cabret somewhere in his top heavy slate.
Also up there he has a George Harrison documentary, Silence, Sinatra, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, High and Low, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Elia Kazan Documentary, I Heard You Paint Houses, The Long Play and Cache, so he's not that busy then.
What's interesting about this project though is that it's a children's film, the potential to be a franchise and that Scorsese is behind it. Now that has to make it stand out from other projects almost instantly doesn't it?