Zimbio has the first photo of Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield in costume as Isabelle and Hugo on the Paris set of Martin Scorsese‘s Martin Scorsese is directing a 3D adaptation of Brian Selznick‘s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  Click over to Zimbio to see all 11 photos from the set of Hugo Cabret.

Martin Scorsese's The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Aviator scribe John Logan penned the screenplay adaptation of Brian Selznick’s bestselling children’s novel. The book description for The Invention of Hugo Cabret follows:

Hugo Cabret, Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D, tells the tale of an orphan boy (Asa Butterfield) living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl (Chloë Moretz), and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop (Ben Kingsley), he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. Also appearing in the all-star cast are Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Frances de la Tour, and Richard Griffiths.

The cast also includes Emily Mortimer and Michael Stuhlbarg. Production on the project began June 28th in London, and Sony will release the film on December 9th, 2011.


We’ve known for a while that Martin Scorsese was about to commence principal photography on his adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which will be shot as his first 3D film. The primary cast has also been known for a while: Sacha Baron CohenBen Kingsley, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz.

Usually I wouldn’t post the press release that announces the start of filming, but this one includes a few notable details. One is that the title is now just Hugo Cabret. There are also quite a few additional actors we hadn’t reported before. Quite a few of them, like Jude Law and Ray Winstone — not exactly minor names — are notable enough to warrant the mention. Read More »

Martin Scorsese’s 3D Will Be In Your Face

Martin Scorsese's The Invention of Hugo Cabret

As you know by now, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese is directing a 3D adaptation of Brian Selznick‘s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret (one of the projects that has been on the director’s slate since 2007).  Scorsese has said in the past that he’s “very excited by 3D…But if the camera move is going to be a 3D effect, it has to be for dramatic purposes – not just throwing spears at the audience. And that, maybe I can’t do that. Maybe my daughter’s generation – she’s 10 now – can think that way.”

Directors like James Cameron and studios like Pixar have been approaching 3D like a window to another world, letting most of the 3D play out in depth rather than have objects coming out at you out of the big screen. Scorsese hopes to play more with the extra dimension, and have it “jump out at you.”

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Confirmed: Martin Scorsese is Making a 3D Movie


Back in March,Academy Award-winning filmmaker and historian Martin Scorsese announced his approval of Digital 3D filmmaking, stating “We see in depth, for the most part. We go to the theater — it’s in depth. Why couldn’t a film like `Precious’ be in 3-D? It should be.” Scorsese even admitted that he’d love to make a 3D film himself.

And it was only a few months earlier, we heard that Scorsese’s next film might be an adaptation of Brian Selznick‘s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret (one of the projects that has been on the director’s slate since 2007).  For the last few months, it has been rumored that Scorsese might be making the 3D plunge with Hugo Cabret. But Variety now confirms that this will be a 3D production.

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Just yesterday we heard that Martin Scorsese‘s adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret was looking to add Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley to the cast. Now it looks like the two lead child actors have been chosen, as well. Asa Butterfield will play the titular Hugo Cabret, and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) will play “an eccentric, bookish girl” who comes into Hugo’s life as he navigates the Parisian train station where he lives. Read More »


Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret had already been sounding pretty good. One of the living masters tackling his first family oriented film? How could that not be intriguing? Now he’s got two new names that could liven up the cast: Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen. Even better: Kingsley would play one of cinema’s pioneering greats. Read More »

martin scorsese robert de niro

OK, obviously the big crazy Martin Scorsese news today is that Lars von Trier challenged him to make a new Taxi Driver, but following the gameplan set forth in The Five Obstructions. (In that film, Von Trier challenged Jorgen Leth to remake his own film The Perfect Human five different times, each with a different ‘obstruction’ or directive.)

There’s a lot more going on in the Scorsese world. For one, a trade report suggests that he’ll make the leap to 3D with The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Then he’s talked about potential follow-up films, which include his Jesuit drama Silence, and possibly a new mob movie with Robert De Niro. Where would the ‘obstructed’ Taxi Driver come in? Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Read More »


And here you thought Martin Scorsese was finally going to get his Sinatra biopic off the ground.

Almost three years ago there was word that Warner Bros. had optioned the childrens book The Invention of Hugo Cabret for John Logan to adapt and Scorsese to direct. Now a pair of European news reports suggest that he’ll shoot the film this spring in Paris and London.How credible are they? Seems shaky at this point, but because I’d rather see the director take up something a little more outside his comfort zone than Sinatra, let’s check it out. Read More »

Martin Scorsese’s Upcoming Movie Slate

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese has become the popular high demand director due to The Departed’s Oscar buzz. Warner Bros have acquired screen rights to yet another project for the director. But with so many projects in the works, will he ever find the time? And what will he take on next? Let’s take a look at Scorsese’s potetial upcoming projects.

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