Jude Law and More Join Martin Scorsese's Hugo Cabret Adaptation
06.30.10 by BJSprecher
Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese's latest movie, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, went into production in London yesterday. Last-minute cast announcements were made and according to Variety, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, and Christopher Lee will be joining Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen and Sir Ben Kingsley in Scorsese's first 3-D movie.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, based on Brian Selznick's 526-page words-and-pictures book of the same name, tells the story of a 12-year-old orphan named Hugo who lives in the walls of a Paris train station, where he tries to discover the mystery of a broken robot. Selznick drew inspiration for the book from the life of turn-of-the-century filmmaker Georges Méliès, who collected wind-up "automata" toys and spent the latter days of his life working in a toy booth in a Paris train station. The book was published by Scholastic Press in 2007 and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature that year, winning the Caldecott Medal the following year.
Graham King's GK Films picked up the rights to the book shortly after it was published and King is producing with his partner, Tim Headington, as well as Scorsese and Johnny Depp. The screen adaptation was written by John Logan, who wrote the screenplay for another Scorsese movie, The Aviator.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret will film at Shepperton Studios, as well as on location in London and Paris.