When discussing 3D and the misnomer of the Avatar effect on twenty first century cinema, we’ve often come to the conclusion that there are two exciting prospects for the future of the third dimension in our local cinemas: that the lacklustre post production conversions will cease and that some of the biggest directors working today will have their chance to use 3D in their films, and now we’re hearing that the latter is coming true in a most unexpected fashion.

Martin Scorsese’s next film, his John Logan scripted adaptation of Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, may have sparked concern initially as this is being touted as ‘a film for kids’ but now Variety are reporting that Cabret will be a 3D production.

The film will be going into production in June and when we spoke to its special effects supervisor, Joss Williams, there were hints that Scorsese will be recreating, and possibly re-shooting, the Melies films (the genius of early cinema has a pivotal role in the story) and if 3D is going to be used as a narrative enhancement then it would seem likely that these sections of the film be in the standard 2D while the rest of the story will be 3D.

I’m reading the book just now, and am losing myself in its story, all the while I’ve been imagining what Martin Scorsese intends to make of it, now with this news I’m even more curious to see how the film turns out.