Life of Pi (film)

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Life of Pi

Theatrical release poster
Directed byAng Lee
Produced byAng Lee
Gil Netter
David Womark
Screenplay byDavid Magee
Based onLife of Pi by
Yann Martel
StarringTabu
Irfan Khan
Suraj Sharma
Shravanthi Sainath
Rafe Spall
Music byMychael Danna
CinematographyClaudio Miranda
Editing byTim Squyres
StudioFox 2000 Pictures
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21)
Running time120 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$100 million
 
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Life of Pi

Theatrical release poster
Directed byAng Lee
Produced byAng Lee
Gil Netter
David Womark
Screenplay byDavid Magee
Based onLife of Pi by
Yann Martel
StarringTabu
Irfan Khan
Suraj Sharma
Shravanthi Sainath
Rafe Spall
Music byMychael Danna
CinematographyClaudio Miranda
Editing byTim Squyres
StudioFox 2000 Pictures
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21)
Running time120 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$100 million

Life of Pi is an upcoming 3D adventure film based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Yann Martel.[1] The film is directed by Ang Lee based on an adapted screenplay by David Magee. Suraj Sharma will play Pi. Life of Pi is scheduled to be released on November 21, 2012.

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Synopsis

Pi is a 16 year old boy who is the only person to survive the sinking of a freighter. He finds himself on a lifeboat with an orangutan, hyena, a wounded zebra, and a Bengal tiger.[2]

Cast

Production

Life of Pi is directed by Ang Lee based on a screenplay by David Magee. The screenplay is adapted from the 2001 novel of the same name written by Yann Martel. Before Lee, the project had numerous directors and writers attached, and the Los Angeles Times credited Fox 2000 Pictures executive Elizabeth Gabler with keeping the project active.[3] Gabler in February 2003 had acquired the project to adapt Life of Pi into a film. She hired screenwriter Dean Georgaris to write an adapted screenplay. In the following October, Fox 2000 Pictures announced a partnership with M. Night Shyamalan to direct the film. Shyamalan was attracted to the novel particularly because its protagonist also comes from Pondicherry (Puducherry) in India. The partners anticipated for Shyamalan to direct the film adaptation after completing The Village. Shyamalan also replaced Georgaris as the screenwriter, writing a new screenplay for the film.[4] Ultimately, Shyamalan chose to film Lady in the Water after The Village, and Fox 2000 Pictures decided to find another director. In March 2005, they entered talks with Alfonso Cuarón to become the new director.[5] Shyamalan said in 2006, "I was hesitant [to direct] because the book has kind of a twist ending. And I was concerned that as soon as you put my name on it, everybody would have a different experience."[6]

Cuarón decided to direct Children of Men instead, and in October 2005, Fox 2000 Pictures hired Jean-Pierre Jeunet to direct the film. Jeunet began writing the adapted screenplay with Guillaume Laurant, and filming was scheduled to begin in mid-2006 and partially in India.[7] Jeunet eventually left the project, and in February 2009, Fox 2000 Pictures hired Ang Lee to direct the film.[8] In May 2010, Lee and producer Gil Netter proposed a reported budget of $70 million, at which the studio balked, placing the project's development on hold for a short time.[3] David Magee was hired to write the screenplay, and Lee spent several months looking for someone to cast as Pi. After 3,000 men auditioned, Lee chose to cast Suraj Sharma, a 17-year-old student and an acting newcomer, in October 2010. Filming began in Taichung and Kenting, Taiwan and India in January 2011.[9] In September 2012, it was announced that Lee had cut Tobey Maguire from the film to opt for an entirely international cast. Lee described Maguire's presence as 'too jarringly recognizable', reshooting the scenes with Rafe Spall in the interviewer role of Yann Martel.[10]

Release

Life of Pi is scheduled to be released on November 21, 2012. It was originally scheduled to be released on December 14, 2012, but when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was announced for the same release date, Life of Pi was postponed a week. It then was shifted a month in advance.[11]

References

  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 143. ISBN 978-1908215017. 
  2. ^ "Life of Pi". ComingSoon.net. http://www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=52960. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Zeitchik, Steven; Horn, John (May 27, 2010). "'Life of Pi' suffers another blow". Los Angeles Times. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2010/05/life-of-pi-ang-lee-movie-trouble.html. 
  4. ^ Brodesser, Dave; McNary (October 8, 2003). "'Pi' in sky at Fox 2000". Variety. http://stage.variety.com/index.asp?layout=awardcentral&jump=news&articleid=VR1117893693. 
  5. ^ Brodesser, Claude (March 31, 2005). "Inside Move: New baker for Fox's 'Pi'". Variety. http://stage.variety.com/index.asp?layout=awardcentral&jump=news&articleid=VR1117920378. 
  6. ^ Schwartz, Missy (May 3, 2006). "'Water' Bearer". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1190527,00.html. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Michael (October 23, 2005). "Jeunet gets piece of 'Pi'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117931447. 
  8. ^ Fleming, Michael (February 17, 2009). "Ang Lee circles 'Life of Pi' film". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118000240. 
  9. ^ McClintock, Pamela (October 25, 2010). "Indian teen newcomer gets 'Life of Pi' lead". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118026333. 
  10. ^ George Wales (September 6, 2012). "Tobey Maguire cut from Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi". Total Film. http://www.totalfilm.com/news/tobey-maguire-cut-from-ang-lee-s-life-of-pi. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ McClintock, Pamela (June 1, 2011). "'Life of Pi' Moves Back One Week to Avoid 'Hobbit' Film". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/life-pi-moves-back-one-193993. 

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