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Ang Lee Takes on Life of Pi

Speaking of the Oscars, the 2006 Best Director winner for Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee, is setting up his next big project: An adaptation of the bestselling novel Life of Pi. After releasing the intense Lust, Caution in 2007, Lee went on to direct a film adaptation of the memoir Taking Woodstock, which will be released in August. Now, he's chugging right along with yet another adaptation. Here's more:

Novel revolves around a youth who is the lone survivor of a sunken freighter and winds up sharing a lifeboat with a hyena, an injured zebra, an orangutan, and a hungry Bengal tiger.

The project has been through several incarnations, first with scribe Dean Georgaris, then M. Night Shyamalan. Lee will supervise a new script.

Brokeback Mountain was adapted from a short story and I was deeply impressed with the way the story visually leaped from page to screen under Lee's direction. There isn't even any dialogue for a good first chunk of the movie as the this cowboy universe is established scenically before our eyes. I have a feeling he'll do a good job with Life of Pi.

Have you read this book? What do you think of this director-project pairing?

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desigirl desigirl 8 years
i think you have to actually read the entire book. its the last chapter which literally throws you off your seat. its amazing.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I loved this book and am excited to see it brought to the big screen!
QueenB75 QueenB75 8 years
this is a love it-hate it book for sure. i for one loved it, but it was really confusing and tricky to understand. i'm excited for the movie though!
Jelly888 Jelly888 8 years
I love this book! I have been waiting for someone to make a movie of it and I think Ang Lee will do a good job, if it ever gets made.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
It's a good book, I didn't love it but I can't imagine it being on film, I don't think it would work. But it's Ang Lee so who knows.
ladyr ladyr 8 years
I really liked this book when I read it several years ago. I'm curious to see what they do with this story onscreen.
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
I had to read the book for school last year. The beginning was fine but it was kind of boring towards the end and hard to understand.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I read this book several years ago and there were lots of aspects I would love to see translated into film. However, I'm unsure how they're going to adapt the actual storyline into a movie. I'll definitely go see it, though.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I have read this book at least 6 times. It's honestly one of my top three favorite books ever, so I hope the movie can do it justice. I am glad that M. Night didn't get it, since his last couple movies have been kind of awful.
Glamorously Glamorously 8 years
It's Ang Lee. Where are your fact checkers. Secondly, it's a good book, but there really isn't much in way of action. A lot of it is the internal dialogue of Pi. It's basically like Castaway, but on a life boat. Albeit, the animals will add an interesting dimension.
kia kia 8 years
This was a quick read for me but I think it could be pretty interesting to see his interpretation. I think Julie Taymor could do good things with this material.
nylorac nylorac 8 years
i'm always skeptical of film adaptations of books, but the book was so beautiful and vivid that i can totally see it as a good movie--especially with ang as the director.
HelloKittyMini HelloKittyMini 8 years
This is an amazing book. The story is a beautiful allegory for man's relationship with God and Religion. I have recommended this book to several friends who also enjoyed it. I look forward to Lee's adaptation if it is as good as Brokeback.
Micha22 Micha22 8 years
I love this book! I think it will be interesting to see how the movie plays out. The "reality" in the book is not supposed to be taken very literally, it's more philosophical. Not sure how they can relay that in film but worth a shot!
cynthiasolc cynthiasolc 8 years
I'm halfway through, and am having trouble finishing it. It just hasn't caught my interest!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I loved this book and this pairing is 100 times better than when M. Night was circling the project. I'm so excited to see how this story will play out on screen.
jessr1214 jessr1214 8 years
i agree with suzi...i didnt think the book was the greatest either. it was a good story though, it was more the writing style that threw me, so maybe the movie will be great.
emalove emalove 8 years
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a very long time, and I have yet to pick it up...
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I'm reading it right now, and I have to say, I'm not that thrilled with it. It seems to me like the author is trying too hard. It just hasn't swept me away like great books do. I was wondering just this morning if anyone had purchased the rights to this book yet, since it seems most best-sellers are getting the movie treatment these days. I like Ang Lee, and I bet he'd make it beautiful, but I'm not at all excited about this book being made into a movie - my feelings about the book itself are lukewarm at best.
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