Martin Scorsese is eyeing a trip back in time to 1930s Paris.
The helmer is in talks with GK Films to direct Brian Selznick’s best-selling children’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” for what he hopes will be his next project. Pic would reunite Scorsese with his “Departed” producer Graham King.
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.
GK Films will independently produce the live-action feature and is in discussions with a number of studios including Sony and Paramount about distributing “Hugo Cabret.” Currently on the fast track for a June 1 start in London, pic is also being produced by Scorsese, Tim Headington and Johnny Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil, which is run by Christi Dembrowski.
John Logan, who wrote Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” adapted the screenplay.
Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, will unspool next month for Paramount.
Scorsese is repped by WME and manager Rick Yorn.