Martin Scorsese is in talks with GK Films to direct an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s best-selling children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Scorsese is hoping that the project — which will reunite him with his The Departed producer Graham King as well as John Logan (The Aviator) who adapted the book’s screenplay — will be his next:
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.
GK Films is producing the live-action feature independently and is in discussions with several studios, including Sony and Paramount, about distributing it. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is scheduled to begin shooting in London on June 1, 2010.
Scorese’s next film is the Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer Shutter Island, which opens on February 19th.