Martin Scorsese To Go 3D With ‘Hugo Cabret’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:44 am,

A couple of months ago we got word that legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese was interested in trying out 3D at some point. He described 3D as “natural that we’d be going in that direction,” and said his only reservation is the maneuverability of the camera. If it doesn’t hinder the way he normally shoots a film, then he said he’d like to try making a movie in 3D.

Now we’re hearing word that Scorsese has bitten the bullet and is making his upcoming adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret in 3D. Surely he isn’t making a blockbuster like Transformers or Clash of the Titans, so what interesting method will Scorsese employ for the overused technology?

Here’s the plot of Hugo Cabret if you’re not familiar with it already:

Based on Brian Selznick’s best-selling children’s book, story is set in 1930s Paris and 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.

Sounds like a peculiar yet interesting idea that I’m looking forward to Scorsese bringing to life in his usual brilliant way. But I still can’t see why the movie should be in 3D, can you? That plot outline doesn’t suggest anything that requires any more than the traditional 2D we’ve been used to all these years.

Can Martin Scorsese make good use of 3D?

Scorsese also described 3D as “something to be looked forward to,” but that it should be, “used interestingly.” If anyone is to follow Avatar with well-utilized 3D, it’s Scorsese (arguably the greatest living American director). I’m not gonna’ write off a 3D Scorsese picture, as the man who made Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Taxi Driver has my ticket money, no questions asked. But I’m being cautiously optimistic until I see proof that this particular 3D project uses the technology well.

At least it appears that Scorsese will be shooting the film in 3D, and not converting it in post-production (ala Clash of the Titans). That’s certainly something to take solace in.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret will reunite Scorsese with The Aviator screenwriter  John Logan, and the film already has some of its cast members, in the form of Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen.

What do you think of Scorsese making a film in 3D? Do you think he’ll make proper use of the technology?

The Invention of Hugo Cabret will begin shooting in June (in London) and already has a release date of December 9th, 2011.

Source: Variety (via /Film)

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  1. OK this sounds like it will have a great story but 3D? I don't see it(no pun intended) While I love Scorcese's talent as a Director, I think it's time for him to start showing people of other ethnic backgrounds in a positive light,that being said, I'd love to Denzel Washington be the lead in a Scorcese film.

  2. Scorsese is an absolute genius, and even his worst is better than half the tripe being thrown at us in 3D. I'm interested.

  3. Uh huh…which ethnic background has Scorsese put a positive light on, exactly? I haven't seen a Scorsese movie yet that has shown ANYTHING in a positive light.

  4. @Vincent, I agree with that but what i mean by “positive light” is putting someone other than Caucasian in the lead for a change. I don't expect for Scorsese to change his style, I just mean if he'd put someone like Denzel or a talented Hispanic actor/actress in the lead, I think it would be different. That's what I mean in a positive light, I don't mean being all clean and family friendly or politically correct. He's made a lot of movies and i have yet to see him put a minority group such as Hispanics, Blacks, or Asians in the forefront but yet they are always called N*ggers,Spics,or whatever in his movies and put in as secondary or non important characters. Yeah,I'm aware that Italians and Irish are stereotyped and called racial slurs too in his movies.I'm not trying to start a racism blog.I'm just saying that I'd like to see the main characters not always Italian or Irish. That's one of the reasons why I don't like Tyler Perry movies,although he's good at what he does,I think it'd be good to take a risk sometimes and do something different and step outside the box at least once. Not saying I'm right, and he or you anybody else is wrong,it's just my opinion of what I think could be good direction for a change.

  5. Not A Scorsese Movie!!!! Any other movie in 3d ok but not a Scorsese movie.

  6. I see what you're saying (and my white guilt may have noticed something similar). Thus far, the themes and atmospheres that Scorsese has evoked in his most popular films have made his mostly Italian and Irish casts appropriate. If he makes a movie where it would be appropriate to have a black or Hispanic lead, I'm sure he wouldn't hesitate, although I wouldn't hold my breath for that anytime soon. In all honesty, I'm really enjoying his current collaboration with DiCaprio, and would be a little bit disappointed if that came to an end any time soon (aside from the speculated reunion with De Niro).

  7. I actually think it's a good choice for 3D…there is a lot of imaginative things going on. Some “magic of the mind.” The third dimension will help us feel trapped like the main character child is for a good portion of the story. It probably won't make the film better, but it will create another way to view the story.

  8. I love Scorcese’s films just like any American, but I too have noticed the common usage of the N word in his dialogue in MANY of his films. I am a black male, and I repeat, I love this man’s movies, but I find it a little disconcerting that he happens to find a way to use this word IN EACH FILM HE DOES. Shutter Island? Departed? Gangs of New York. Of course, Taxi Driver. If you use this word, use some black actors to counter the negativity of using this word. Use some black actors/actresses in your movies to show that blackness is beautiful, and the opposite of the N word. We have a rich, rich heritage. So, use us in your movies! Stop using this word please Martin! It’s starting to get really old.

    • I agree with you. I have watched all of Martin’s films and many of them use the N-word. As a black perosn, I am very put off by his usage of that degrading word in a majority of his films. Hollywood has never been fully accepting of black films or actors and his repeated usage of the word (approved by hollywood execs.) just makes it even more difficult for blacks or any miniority to become accepted. Please Martin and other directors and musicians, the N-word and all negative racial connotations are hurtful and they need to stop in order to bring about real change in Hollywood and the world.

  9. i totally agree with what you guys said… i actually found this page from doing a search “martin scorsese racism”… i too feel uncomfortable at the usage, especially since its used to describe black people negatively. in taxi driver all the hoodlums are black, robert de niro even shoots one.. idk why it was even used in shutter island. jack nicholoson delivered the line in the departed and i believe it was used in the sense of saying n*ggers need to be controlled or something.. or ruled, dont quote me.

    its just a bit disheartening but im glad someone else noticed. i mean, he can’t be openly racist or else robert de niro wouldnt be so close with him… but still..i hope he isnt using his movies to make his message clear :(

  10. i totally agree with what you guys said… i actually found this page from doing a search “martin scorsese racism”… i too feel uncomfortable at the usage, especially since its used to describe black people negatively. in taxi driver all the hoodlums are black, robert de niro even shoots one.. not to mention the scene scorsese himself plays as a passenger in travis’ cab who’s wife is cheating on him with a black guy and talks about how he is going to blow her face off. idk why it was even used in shutter island. jack nicholoson delivered the line in the departed and i believe it was used in the sense of saying n*ggers need to be controlled or something.. or ruled, dont quote me.

    its just a bit disheartening but im glad someone else noticed. i mean, he can’t be openly racist or else robert de niro wouldnt be so close with him… but still..i hope he isnt using his movies to make his message clear :(