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Scorsese onboard for Cabret

Fresh from his success at this year's Golden Globes, where he was handed the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday, Martin Scorsese has picked up his next directing gig.

And it's a project he's had on the backburner for a while.

Having bought the rights to children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret way back in 2007, Scorsese has finally found the time to get around to making it.

The novel by Brian Selznick follows an orphan boy who lives behind the walls of a Paris train station and looks after the clocks there.

When he tries to fix a mechanical man, he finds himself pulled into a breakneck adventure.

The book won the prize for most distinguished American picture book in 2008, receiving the Randolph Caldecott Medal.

Previously, Ice Age helmer Chris Wedge was tipped to direct. But with Wedge out, Scorsese has jumped in to replace him.

Frequent Scorsese collaborator John Logan wrote the script, and talks are being held with both Sony and Paramount to take on the distribution rights.

Shooting will commence in London on 1 June.

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