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Grab Bag: HUGO CABRET changes its title; FilmDistrict nabs ONLY GOD FORGIVES

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 30th, 2011

Hugo Cabret

With a trailer expected rather soon, the latest film from director Martin Scorsese appears to be going through a name change. Variety’s Jeff Sneider has revealed via his Twitter account that Scorsese’s upcoming film, HUGO CABRET, will now go by the name of HUGO.

The film is based on the Brian Selznick children’s book The Invention Of Hugo Cabret, and follows the story of a boy who becomes wrapped up in an adventure that could bring an end to his life of living within the walls of a train station. It will star Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emily Mortimer, Ray Winstone, Frances de la Tour, and Richard Griffiths, with both Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz in the two lead roles.

In other news, FilmDistrict has nabbed up the rights to Nicolas Winding Refn’s next film, ONLY GOD FORGIVES. The company has Refn’s latest picture, DRIVE, and this will be continuing what appears to be a burgeoning relationship between FilmDistrict, Refn, and his muse/best buddy Ryan Gosling.

Overall, the most interesting bit of news coming out of these two stories is definitely the odd choice to shorten the title of what sounds like quite a fanciful film in HUGO. For a genre that loves its lengthy titles, this seems like a bit of a bizarre choice. That said, I absolutely love everything I’ve heard about HUGO so far, so a title doesn’t really mean much in the end. What do you think?

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