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Ang Lee's 3D vision of Life of Pi put on hold

05.28.2010

Another director and yet another set back for THE LIFE OF PI. The adaptation of the Yann Martel bestseller has been in the works for eight years now but I was optimistic that the film would finally get made when earlier this year news broke that Ang Lee had signed to direct a 3D version of the film for Fox. But Lee can now join a group of filmmakers like M. Night Shyamalan and Alfonso Cuaron who were unable to get the film off the ground.

As it turns out, Fox felt that Lee's vision for PI was a little expensive for their tastes (the budget was reportedly estimated at $70 million). I'm not sure what Fox thought a movie filled with CG animals shot in 3D would cost but $70 million sounds just about right to me. I mean the movie takes place on a raft with one boy and a veritable menagerie of wild animals. Sounds expensive right off the bat, no?

The good news though is that the film isn't completely dead. The responsibility now falls back on Lee and his producers to try and find a way to cut the budget down. The question is whether Lee is interested in doing that. In the meanwhile though, Fox is putting the film on hold.

Fox has never been one to take huge risks on their films (AVATAR aside) so it'll have to make fiscal sense before it makes creative sense. Whether that will ever happen remains to be seen.

Extra Tidbit: Martel has only published two books since 2001's "Life of Pi."
Source: LA Times

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10:06PM on 05/28/2010

$70 million seems reasonable

for this kind of movie, I guess Fox is terrified that it's too literary for Middle America.
for this kind of movie, I guess Fox is terrified that it's too literary for Middle America.
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2:24PM on 05/28/2010

Fuck Fox.

Fox is the worst studio in Hollywood.
They are cheap, they want big ideas and great blockbusters for no money. On top of it, they steal ideas and take cheap shots at the competition. They're lawyers are scum and don't even get me started on Fox news. Every division of Fox is made up of scum/douchebags. They are easily the worst corporation in all of America.
Fox is the worst studio in Hollywood.
They are cheap, they want big ideas and great blockbusters for no money. On top of it, they steal ideas and take cheap shots at the competition. They're lawyers are scum and don't even get me started on Fox news. Every division of Fox is made up of scum/douchebags. They are easily the worst corporation in all of America.
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12:42PM on 05/28/2010

$70 million seems reasonable

for this kind of movie, I guess Fox is terrified that it's too literary for Middle America.
for this kind of movie, I guess Fox is terrified that it's too literary for Middle America.
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9:46AM on 05/28/2010
$70 Million doesn't seem like an unreasonable budget, but we'll see how things play out. I'd love to see a "Life of Pi" movie.

I'd also like to see his book "Self" get turned into a film one day. It's the story of a boy who turns into a woman at the age of 18. The book is funny and completely heartbreaking and, in my opinion, would make a fantastic film.
$70 Million doesn't seem like an unreasonable budget, but we'll see how things play out. I'd love to see a "Life of Pi" movie.

I'd also like to see his book "Self" get turned into a film one day. It's the story of a boy who turns into a woman at the age of 18. The book is funny and completely heartbreaking and, in my opinion, would make a fantastic film.
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9:43AM on 05/28/2010

Fox was worried Ang Lee would make a good film.


We can't have that now, can we?

We can't have that now, can we?
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9:38AM on 05/28/2010
If they end up getting rid of the 3D, then I might give it a shot. Still haven't finished the book (I stopped midpoint to read Palahniuk's Survivor) and still not a fan of it, but let's give Lee a chance...
If they end up getting rid of the 3D, then I might give it a shot. Still haven't finished the book (I stopped midpoint to read Palahniuk's Survivor) and still not a fan of it, but let's give Lee a chance...
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4:14PM on 05/28/2010
I started reading Survivor last month and I stopped after 60 pages. What a giant piece of shit that book is.
I started reading Survivor last month and I stopped after 60 pages. What a giant piece of shit that book is.
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