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The Verdict: Scorsese Does It for the Kids and Downey Jr. Lands Another Franchise

The Guy From Ice Age Was First Pick Over Scorsese??
Martin Scorsese is in talks to direct the adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret after Chris Wedge recently stepped down. The award-winning children’s book follows an orphan who lives in the walls of a ’30s Paris train station who finds his secret world intruded onto by a young girl and a crotchety old man.
Verdict: Scorsese can pull off pretty much anything he wants to, and I’m interested to see what he’ll do with a kids’ movie. Not sure how parents are going to feel about all the swearing, though.

Robert Downey Jr.’s Comeback Is Official
Guy Ritchie just scrapped plans to adapt DC Comics’ Lobo to focus on a fast-track sequel to Sherlock Holmes, which has made almost $400 million since it was released Christmas Day. Add in Iron Man‘s $570 million worldwide take, and suddenly the man who was the sidekick in Back to School is officially bankable.
Verdict: This has to be one of the biggest rebounds in Hollywood history. Who would have looked at Downey in 2001 — in and out of prison, practically unhirable, picked up for wandering the streets barefoot and high — and said yeah, that guy’s heading straight to the top?

Studio Head Talks About Life After The Avengers
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently talked with SFX Magazine about how Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America will lay the groundwork for 2012′s Avengers, and dropped some hints about who might be up next. On his list: Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, the Black Panther — and the Hulk, who will, he comfirmed, be in Avengers.
Verdict: The reboot is standard Hollywood procedure these days, pretty much a cliché in itself. But a three-boot? Yet another pass at the Hulk would be a tough sell. (Didn’t work so well for the Punisher, did it?) Besides, we’ll always have Lou Ferrigno.

Don’t Feed the Remake After Dark
The list of ’80s retreads is long and pathetic, with everything from Footloose to Short Circuit in some stage of preproduction. A site called MarketSaw claims that Gremlins is up next, and will — surprise, surprise — be getting the inevitable 3-D treatment.
Verdict: Who knows if this is legit (though Warner Brothers has registered the domain gremlins3.com), but the shocking thing is that no one’s done it yet. Maybe everyone at Warners forgot about it. I know I had.


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