Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" sold a mountain of copies, won a boatload of awards and attracted the attention of one of the greatest filmmakers ever. But as the story has moved from book to silver screen, the title has gotten progressively shortened to the point of now being totally generic.
We get why you might cut the movie's title down to "Hugo Cabret"--it's unmistakably related to the book, but is nice and short, easy to remember and would look nice on a poster. But now the title has been pared down to "Hugo," according to Variety's Jeff Sneider. Is that one word really gonna be enough to make a kid jump up and down with excitement?
Why is it so difficult to title a movie these days? Remember when Bradley Cooper's "Limitless" was originally "The Dark Fields," just like to book on which it's based? We loved that title. "Limitless"? Meh...
How bout al the names for the upcoming James Franco movie: "Caesar"? Terrible--WTF is Caesar? "Caesar: Rise of the Apes"? Better, not great, a little clunky. "Rise of the Apes"? Ka-BOOM! Perfect... No, wait... "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"? Dumbest thing since The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but OK.
This isn't science, folks.
Anyway, "Hugo," starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Jude Law and a ton of other great folks, wil be out Nov. 23.