It's like The Departed, but, ya know --- for kids. With everyone talking about a possible Departed trilogy as of late, Martin Scorsese might be thinking differently; Variety tells us Warner Bros. and Graham King's Initial Entertainment have picked up the children's novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, as a potential directing vehicle for Scorsese. But can this Goodfella warm our hearts after he's already ripped them up, cursed them out and tore them to shreds? How odd would it be buying a ticket for a Scorsese pic with a slew of little kids lined up behind you? It might be odd, but it's certainly something I'm already looking forward to.
Not only is Scorsese involved, but King has snatched Aviator scribe John Logan to help pen the script -- which, apparently, is being written "immediately." Brian Selznick's novel takes place in the 1930s and concerns an orphan who lives in the walls of a Paris train station, his late father, a robot and some sort of mystery that involves all three. No word yet whether this will indeed by Scorsese's next project; since The Departed bashed the box office, the man has signed a first-look deal with Paramount, and attached himself to two other period pieces: Silence deals with 17th century Jesuit priests, and Last Duel is set in Medieval France. Tack on those Departed sequels (or prequels), as well as a rumored Theodore Roosevelt project, and Scorsese has a pretty full plate with plenty of leftovers to nosh on for the next few years.