Distribution rights for Martin Scorsese’s 3D adventure, Hugo Cabret has been transferred to Paramount and its release date has been bumped up 2 weeks to November 23 for optimal family-friendliness. That’s almost exactly a year after Marty’s interview with the Guardian’s Mark Kermode last November:
Scorsese seems genuinely fired up about the possibilities of the 3D format. “Every shot is rethinking cinema,” he enthuses, “rethinking narrative ‚Äì how to tell a story with a picture. Now, I’m not saying we have to keep throwing javelins at the camera, I’m not saying we use it as a gimmick, but it’s liberating. It’s literally a Rubik’s Cube every time you go out to design a shot, and work out a camera move, or a crane move. But it has a beauty to it also. People look like‚Ä¶ like moving statues. They move like sculpture, as if sculpture is moving in a way. Like dancers‚Ä¶”
Deadline says producer Graham King was determined to see the film open during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday.
Sony had the film originally scheduled for a December 9 release and when the studio couldn’t provide the requested Thanksgiving date, Sony Pictures agreed to let GK Films move the picture. Paramount has an overall deal with Scorsese and chairman Brad Grey has a close relationship with the director and King. The studio, which didn’t have a big Thanksgiving release, jumped at the chance to be part of Scorsese’s first 3D film.