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Ang Lee's Life of Pi moves forward now with a budget in place and a lead cast

10.26.2010
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When we last heard about director Ang Lee's LIFE OF PI, Fox had put the film on hold because it was simply going to cost too much (reportedly in the $70 million range). But now, it appears that the film is back on track as Lee has worked out a new budget as well as cast his lead actor, newcomer Suraj Sharma.

USA TODAY reports that while the film's final budget tally remains undisclosed, it is something north of $50 million which Fox has agreed to back. The film will be shot in 3D, something that Lee feels is a necessity:

"It's expensive to shoot in 3-D," Lee says. "I know it's a great burden on me, but the story kept haunting me, and 3-D was the way for me to crack the book."

"The ocean is perfect for 3-D. I think it will change the way people experience the sea."


LIFE OF PI, based on the 2001 book by Yann Martel, tells the tale of 'Pi', an Indian boy who survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a 26-foot lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger, a zebra, a hyena, and an orangutan. As mentioned, Suraj Sharma, a 17-year old Deli high school student whose only acting experience was in a school play, has been picked by Lee to play the title role. He was one of three thousand teenage boys who auditioned for the part.

"He read one complex scene, and by the end he was crying," Lee says. "We all were."
Extra Tidbit: Still need to watch Lee's LUST, CAUTION. Tony Leung's one of my favorite actors.
Source: USA TODAY

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1:26PM on 10/26/2010
It was a good boy, but not sure how it's gonna translate to the screen?
It was a good boy, but not sure how it's gonna translate to the screen?
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10:31AM on 10/26/2010

Loved the Book

The book is amazing and I will admit that it's a tough book to make into a movie. But I feel Ang Lee is a director that can pull it off. I'm so happy this will NOT be in 3D. Ang lee I read the book and NO, 3D would not crack the book. It will be a beautiful movie without it.
The book is amazing and I will admit that it's a tough book to make into a movie. But I feel Ang Lee is a director that can pull it off. I'm so happy this will NOT be in 3D. Ang lee I read the book and NO, 3D would not crack the book. It will be a beautiful movie without it.
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2:48PM on 10/26/2010
I hope I'm not completely misreading the article, but I believe it says it IS in 3-D.

SA TODAY reports that while the film's final budget tally remains undisclosed, it is something north of $50 million which Fox has agreed to back. The film will be shot in 3D, something that Lee feels is a necessity:

"It's expensive to shoot in 3-D," Lee says. "I know it's a great burden on me, but the story kept haunting me, and 3-D was the way for me to crack the book."

"The ocean is perfect for 3-D. I
I hope I'm not completely misreading the article, but I believe it says it IS in 3-D.

SA TODAY reports that while the film's final budget tally remains undisclosed, it is something north of $50 million which Fox has agreed to back. The film will be shot in 3D, something that Lee feels is a necessity:

"It's expensive to shoot in 3-D," Lee says. "I know it's a great burden on me, but the story kept haunting me, and 3-D was the way for me to crack the book."

"The ocean is perfect for 3-D. I think it will change the way people experience the sea."

Ang Lee is a fantastic director, so hopefully you'll still see it regardless of the 3D.
10:29AM on 10/26/2010

Ang!

Good thing Ang's directing and not M. Night. Cause Night would have changed Pi to a white kid named Billy.
Good thing Ang's directing and not M. Night. Cause Night would have changed Pi to a white kid named Billy.
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9:57AM on 10/26/2010
Ang Lee is a good director. Thought Brokeback Mountain was a great movie and his version of The Hulk was good. I like the premise alot and think this movie has potential to be really good.
Ang Lee is a good director. Thought Brokeback Mountain was a great movie and his version of The Hulk was good. I like the premise alot and think this movie has potential to be really good.
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