Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is in talks to to adapt “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” which is based on the best-selling children’s book by Brian Selznick. The book won the prize for most distinguished American picture book in 2008, receiving the Randolph Caldecott Medal.
Scorsese’s Departed producer, Graham King, is setting up the production along with Johnny Depp’s company Infinitum Nihil. John Logan (The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) has penned the screenplay.
The film is set to take place in 1930’s Paris. Story centers on a 12-year-old orphan named Hugo, who lives in a train station and must finish what his late father started by solving the mystery of a broken robot.
GK Films will independently produce the live-action feature and is in discussions with a number of studios including Sony and Paramount about distributing “Hugo Cabret.”
Shooting is scheduled to start on June 1st in London.