Paramount Pictures has taken over from Sony on the bulk of worldwide distribution on Scorsese’s family 3D film Hugo Cabret and has set a Nov 23 Thanksgiving release in the US. It is understood Sony could not commit to a Thanksgiving release.
Paramount will distribute the GK Films-financed children’s adventure through PPI in all international markets excluding the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and the Middle East. GK Films held on to those territories and close deals with Entertainment in the UK, Metropolitan in France and 01 in Italy.
Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law and Emily Mortimer star and Graham King, Tim Headington, Scorsese and Johnny Depp produced.
John Logan adapted Brian Selznick’s novel about a boy who lives in a train station and teams up with a girl to solve a mystery that is based in his past and affects both of their futures.
“Following the tremendous success of Shutter Island - as well as the host of other projects we have collaborated on in the past - we were eager continue our work with Marty and be a part of his first ever 3D film,” Paramount chairman Brad Grey said.
“We all believed Thanksgiving was the ideal date to release Marty’s first foray into the family film genre and we are very grateful to Sony and to Paramount that a mutual agreement could be made to allow the film to be released at the best time of year for this kind of all-audience adventure film,” King said.