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.
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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