He's a master of the crime drama, but one of things that makes Martin Scorsese truly great is his diversity as a director. For his next project, he's tackling a number of genres he's never done before, all in one film -- a science-fiction/fantasy historical fiction family adventure based on the Caldecott award-winning children's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Described by author/illustrator Brian Selznick as "not a exactly a novel, not quite a picture book, not really a graphic novel, or a flip book or a movie, but a combination of all these things", the massive book chronicles the life of street orphan Hugo, a young boy living in a Paris train station at the turn of the twentieth century. Hugo is obsessed with finishing work on a mechanical man that his late father discovered, while keeping his obsession a secret.

Selznick was inspired in large part by the films of George Melies, and the fact that Melies himself collected turn-of-the-century automatons. Expect to hear some casting news very soon -- Scorsese is scheduled to start shooting in June from a screenplay by John Logan (The Aviator).

(via Variety)