Martin Scorsese’s HUGO CABRET Becomes HUGO

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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.




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  • SPS

    First trailer might premiere in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Very excited for this film!

  • Ilene

    Hate to say it but the name “Hugo Cabret” makes it sound like some high-brow European opera, “Hugo” sounds more like a mainstream American movie. If box office is important to you, Hugo is the name to go with. Sad but true.

  • LividEmerald

    I prefer the source material title, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” A film named “Hugo” sounds like a prequel to “The Story of Adele H.”

  • Duder NME

    So glad that test audiences are so intolerant of reading, though if this was “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Invention of Hugo Cabret and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, they’d be more willing. Hypocrites.

    I also thank them for ruining film scores, the philistines.

  • Tayne

    Well, ”Hugo” sounds like a American movie..and it is it, but I prefer ”The Invention of Hugo Cabret”..cause, its the original. So…

    I really wanna see this movie..!! With Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, more Jude Law??!! WooooW!

  • trevory

    “The Invention of Hugo” sounds better…

  • Drew

    Simplifying a title will not get the masses to flock to a movie about a boy in a train station in 1931 Paris.

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