Ang Lee's The Life of Pi Adaptation is Closer Than We Thought?

April 28, 2010
Source: indieWIRE

Ang Lee / Life of Pi

The last we heard about the long-gestating adaptation of Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi was that director Ang Lee had finally cracked the structure of the story, but still had to figure out exactly how he was going to shoot it. At that time there didn't seem to be any rush because Lee said the project was still two years away. Well, it looks like there's a chance he might get to work a little sooner and in 3-D no less. indieWIRE reports that Gil Netter, who produced The Blind Side is already scouting locations in Taiwan and Pondicherry, India for what will be a $70 million fantasy adventure with plenty of VFX, including a plethora of CG animals.

The story in the book follows a young Indian boy who's the lone survivor of a sunken freighter and winds up sharing a lifeboat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. Aside from his companions in the lifeboat, there are apparently some whales, fish, and meerkats, and the film will be taking place in the wide open ocean, so there's more than a fair share of visual effects needed for a large portion of the film. Rights holder, Fox 2000's Elizabeth Gabler, also explains that despite the effects bonanza, there's definitely some substance and heart found in this story. "It has elements of Cast Away when the kid is alone in the boat. You don’t need language to convey what’s on the screen. We need to make the movie for the whole world.”

Though Gabler is hoping for an August start date with a release in sometime in 2012, casting has not yet begun, and a greenlight from Fox is still needed (that decision is expected in about a month). I guess we'll find out if now truly is the time for The Life of Pi soon enough. Anyone still looking forward to this?

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It sounds like this film will follow the most basic film rule: Show, do not tell. I am intrigued by this.

Angry Chief on Apr 28, 2010


This is one of my all time favorite books, and while I'm kind of scared with them ruining it, I still am very excited to see this beautiful story told on the big screen. We'll see I suppose...

FritzHatesAlex on Apr 28, 2010


This book is one of my all time favorites and with Lee at the helm I'm not worried at all. I grew up in Bethlehem, NY which was the original Woodstock site and if Lee can handle this topic with the same accuracy I'll be very happy.

peloquin on Apr 28, 2010


i'm interested........but it's still too early to get too excited - lets see if they even decide to make it.

beavis on Apr 28, 2010


I loved this book, and Im really excited to see it on the silver screen!

johnny Crow on Apr 28, 2010


I loved this book, and Im really excited to see it on the silver screen!

johnny Crow on Apr 28, 2010


Like others have said the book is utterly brilliant. I am hoping Ang lee will make a great film - he certainly has it in him. Brokeback, Crouching Tiger & The Ice Storm are all great films and his Hulk is interesting if flawed. Though I am curious about how M Night Shyamalan and Jean Pierre Jeunet's take on the film woudl be like espeially Jeunet - that seemed like a perfect match of director & book.

Sumit on Apr 29, 2010


Could be awesome and could FAIL to the nth degree. I prefer they just stay away.

tra la la la la di da on Apr 29, 2010

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