According to Variety, Martin Scorsese’s next film, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, will be filmed in 3-D, a first for the Oscar-winning director. While 3-D has proved a boon to the studios’ bottom line, it’s also attracted criticism for unnecessary implementation and sloppy conversions of intended 2-D movies. Hugo Cabret, however, holds great promise for the technology. Brian Selznick’s mammoth children’s book, about a 12-year-old orphan who lives in a 1930s Paris train station, is crammed with ornate illustrations that invite readers and potential movie audiences into a living world ripe for immersion.Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
Still, it’s a little odd to hear Scorsese’s name attached to a 3-D project. Is there anyone more old-school than the Raging Bull director, whose dedication to film history and preservation is well documented. I look forward to hearing more from Scorsese about filming in 3-D, to determine whether he’s as passionate about its possibilities as he is about other aspects of his art or if he’s being pulled in this direction by the people financing his films. Either way, a children’s film by Martin Scorsese in 3-D is on my short list of things I have to see, and I’m greatly looking forward to its release in December 2011.
Scorsese in 3-D? Yay or nay?