Opening this week is Martin Scorsese‘s first 3D film, Hugo. Based on Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret and written by John Logan, the film stars Asa Butterfield as a young boy secretly living in a train station in 1931 Paris. As he attempts to piece together a puzzle that he’d been working on with his father, the results transform not only Hugo, but everyone he comes in contact with. The impressive cast also includes Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sir Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Emily Mortimer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. You can watch a trailer here.
During my extended interview with Logan we talked about the way he writes, working with Scorsese, how he got involved in Hugo, what it was like to adapt the book, and the level of rewriting done on the set. In addition, with Logan writing the new James Bond film Skyfall for director and acquaintance Sam Mendes, he discussed how he got involved in that project and writing the action scenes so that the action suits the story. Finally, he talked about spending years working with Steven Spielberg on Lincoln (they ultimately went with someone else’s script) and what he might have coming up. Hit the jump to watch.