Martin Scorsese's 3D 'Hugo Cabret' Now Scheduled For Nov. 23rd Release; Paramount Will Distribute

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 19, 2011 4:14 AM
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While we're not exactly fans of 3D, when somebody like Martin Scorsese -- legendary filmmaker and movie history encyclopedia -- decides to take a crack at it, we sit up and pay attention. Last summer, longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker said that Scorsese actually wasn't that impressed by what he saw in "Avatar" and "Alice In Wonderland" and that he wanted to push the format further. So to say we're curious is a bit of an understatement and we're going to get to see it a bit sooner than expected.

Originally scheduled to hit theaters on December 9th, Deadline reports that the film has now moved up a couple of weeks to the very, very busy and competitive Thanksgiving weekend date of November 23rd. Opening the same weekend are the Todd Phillips produced comedy "Project X" and "Rise Of The Apes" with James Franco, but the stiffest battle "Hugo Cabret" will face will be against two other family films opening in the same frame. There's the animated (and also 3D) "Arthur Christmas" as well as the star-studded "The Muppets" toplined by Jason Segel and Amy Adams. One is a holiday themed film, the other based on a beloved childhood staple and loaded with familiar faces. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out.

Led by Asa Butterfield and Chloë Moretz, with a starry cast including Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emily Mortimer, Ray Winstone, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths, the film is an adaptation of Brian Selznick‘s best-selling children’s historical fiction book, “The Invention Of Hugo Cabret,” and the 1931-set film follows the story of the eponymous orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. Sounds like a lot of fun.

The film was originally set to be distributed by Sony, but when producers and financiers GK Films and Graham King wanted to move the release date, Paramount came in to handle the film when Sony balked (likely because they are also distributing "Arthur Christmas" which would create a major conflict of interest).

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8 Comments

  • MDL | February 20, 2011 1:59 AMReply

    Anyway... I'm curious about Scorsese's opinion about Avatar. I thought other people in the industry were at least giving Cameron credit for making a movie with pretty damn good 3D. I wonder if he will find a way for 3D to serve the story rather than just be eye candy tricking our reptilian brains.

  • Mark J (not the one that posted below!) | February 19, 2011 8:22 AMReply

    Scorsese does a kids movie for the first time.. should be intriguing!

  • Paul | February 19, 2011 7:30 AMReply

    I bet we'll be seeing some of those other films shift their release dates over the next few weeks.

  • chico | February 19, 2011 5:59 AMReply

    I'm sorry - I mean, this writer thinks they copy stories then add some hipster snark and a few typos, but we still visit their site anyway

  • Edward Davis | February 19, 2011 5:29 AMReply

    Is that last sentence Latin?

  • Mark | February 19, 2011 5:28 AMReply

    :( didn't mean to hurt the little baby, so sorry........you said fuck you really put me in my place, what a child.

  • Edward Davis | February 19, 2011 5:13 AMReply

    mark do you know what a blog is? also, seriously Shut the fuck up.

  • Mark | February 19, 2011 5:11 AMReply

    Do you ever break stories or do you go around copying other sites???? do you even have sources?

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