It seems the prevailing sentiment in Hollywood right now is that shorter is better. “John Carter of Mars” recently became just “John Carter” and now Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo Cabret” is simply “Hugo.” Variety’s Jeff Sneider has confirmed the title adjustment which frankly leaves us scratching our head a bit.
You would think that the people behind the film would want to make sure audiences knew the connection between the movie and Brian Selznick‘s best-selling children’s historical fiction book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” that it is based on. Now it just sounds like that dude from “Lost” got his own movie. But there will be enough star power to get asses in the seats. Led by Asa Butterfield and Chloë Moretz, with a cast including Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emily Mortimer, Ray Winstone, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths, 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.
A trailer for the film has recently been submitted for classification and it won’t be a chintzy teaser—it runs over two minutes long—and we’d wager we’ll be seeing it in the very immediate future. “Hugo” marks Scorsese’s first venture into 3D filmmaking as well as directing a film aimed squarely at families so we’re excited to see where the part-time cinema historian draws his influences from for this one. “Hugo” hits theaters on November 23rd.-Joey's Two Cents: I think "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" had a nice ring to it, but that's just me...thoughts?