Martin Scorsese Making a Kids' Movie

January 22, 2010


Looks like modern kids will continue to be spoiled by great directors adapting children's literature into amazing movies that the little jerks won't even bother seeing in theaters. According to Variety, Martin Scorsese is in talks to direct and add a Rolling Stones song to an adaptation of the best-selling "The Invention of Hugo Cabret":

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. Project would mark Scorsese's first foray into kid lit -- a genre that is attracting a number of high-profile directors including Wes Anderson ("The Fantastic Mr. Fox") and Spike Jonze ("Where the Wild Things Are"), whose films are resonating with adult audiences.

"Hugo," which won the Randolph Caldecott Medal in 2008 for the most distinguished American picture book for children, is a mammoth tome at 533 pages. More than half of the pages contain elaborate pictures that the New York Times described as looking like movie storyboard frames. "Ice Age" helmer Chris Wedge was previously attached to direct "Hugo Cabret," which was a long-running Times best-seller.

John Logan, who wrote Scorsese's "The Aviator," adapted the screenplay.

I think this is where I'm supposed to make funnies with the idea of someone with a history of such violent, intense films as Scorsese doing something for kids, but man, it's Friday, am I right? Let's just call it a day and have some adults-only beverages.

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