Martin Scorsese is in negotiations to direct a big screen adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (see “Hugo Cabret Wins Caldecott”).  While the 500+page Invention is not a graphic novel, it combines purely visual sequential storytelling passages, illustrations, and prose to tell the story of a 12-year-old orphan who lives in a Paris train station in the 1930s and has to solve the mystery of a broken robot.


Variety is reporting that the project will reunite Scorsese with producer Graham King, who worked with the famed director on The Departed.  As Variety points out, “kid lit” projects have captivated a number of high profile helmers lately including Wes Anderson (Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox), and Spike Jonze (Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are).


Scorsese would replace Chris Wedge, who signed on to direct an adaptation of Hugo Cabret last year (see “Ice Age Helmer Gets Hugo Cabret”).  Scorsese’s Shutter Island opens next month (see “Shutter Island Graphic Novel”).  Variety indicates that The Invention of Hugo Cabret could be the director’s next project.