While it's been almost two years since we first heard about the project, news started gearing up in January with word that Martin Scorsese had replaced Chris Wedge (Robots, Ice Age) in the directorial seat. Yes, the man behind Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Cape Fear, The Departed, and Shutter Island is now entering the fantastical halls of children's fantasy. The story centers on an orphan named Hugo (Butterfield) whose thieving survival depends on anonymity. But then he meets a bookworm (Moretz) and an old man (Kingsley?), his secret private life, and the mechanical man he's working on, are put in jeopardy. Baron Cohen is circling the role of station inspector.
The fact that Scorsese is interested enough to helm the feature himself speaks volumes on the story's potential, not to mention the fact that it's not about wizards, werewolves, or vampires. And then there's Butterfield, Kingsley, Baron Cohen, and Ms. Moretz. If Harry Potter wasn't already winding down with his wizard war, I might wonder if he could be de-throned.