Scorsese’s Daughter Inspired Hugo Film

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August 17, 2011 | 2:20pm EST

Moviemaker Martin Scorsese was inspired to adapt popular children’s book The Invention Of Hugo Cabret for the big screen after reading the novel to his 11-year-old daughter Francesca.
The iconic filmmaker is known for making violent classics like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas, but he’s trying to win over a new target audience with the upcoming release of Hugo, about an orphan living in a train station in Paris, France.

He tells People magazine, “Reading children’s books to her over the years got me into the frame of the mind of making a film about a child.”

And Scorsese admits being surrounded by kids on set was a big change from his crime movies: “We always ended up talking about someone’s new teeth coming in!”

Hugo, based on the acclaimed 2007 bestseller by Brian Selznick, stars Jude Law, Christopher Lee and Sir Ben Kingsley, alongside child star Asa Butterfield.

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