The title of Martin Scorsese’s 3D family film Hugo Cabret has been reduced by 50 percent. Variety’s Jeff Sneider reports that the movie will now simply be called Hugo. The title was already shortened from its source material, Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I’m not sure why the title was cut down but I’m sure there’s a focus group out there that said they would be more willing to see a movie called “Hugo” than “Hugo Cabret”. As we all know, focus groups are always right.
The film has Asa Butterfield playing the eponymous character, a young boy secretly living in a train station in 1931 Paris. When he gets caught up in a magical adventure, his secrets are put in jeopardy. The impressive cast also includes Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Jude Law. Hugo is set for release on November 23rd and I’m betting we can expect to see the first trailer soon.