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First image from Ang Lee's Life of Pi surfaces featuring a tiger, a boat, and a boy

Apr. 25, 2012by: Paul Shirey
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Ang Lee's adaptation of the novel LIFE OF PI has been underway for quite some time with little to no information about the production seeping out.  Now, we have our first image from the film, featuring two of the main characters; a Tiger (reportedly CGI) and newcomer Suraj Sharma, who plays the titular character, Pi Patel. The film also stars Tobey Maguire, Gerard Depardieu, and Bollywood actress Tabu. 

Sail away:

The story goes like this:

Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?

I read the book eight years ago and found it to be really great, imaginative, and ripe for a big screen adaptation.  Ang Lee is truly the perfect choice to direct the film, I just hope he delivers on the potential that the material has. 

LIFE OF PI is set to be released on December 21, 2012.

 

Extra Tidbit: What novel are you waiting to see adapted to the big screen? I'm still holding out for Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire.
Source: The Film Stage

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1:28AM on 04/26/2012

X.T James Rollins' Sigma Force series!

I'd LOVE to see a big budget francise adaptation of the Sigma Force novels! Each book in this series is just screaming to become the next Indiana Jones type summer action adventure. And they're not at all in the brainless catagory, every novel has central scientific mystery/technology that is connected with actual historical incidents & good ol' fashioned treasure hunting stuffs, not to mention a slice of supernatural too. Much better than the overrated Da Vinci Code trilogy.

Als, I'd really
I'd LOVE to see a big budget francise adaptation of the Sigma Force novels! Each book in this series is just screaming to become the next Indiana Jones type summer action adventure. And they're not at all in the brainless catagory, every novel has central scientific mystery/technology that is connected with actual historical incidents & good ol' fashioned treasure hunting stuffs, not to mention a slice of supernatural too. Much better than the overrated Da Vinci Code trilogy.

Als, I'd really like a proper western TV show based on the Sackett novels by Louis L'Amour. Oh, and this looks positively great!
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6:18PM on 04/25/2012

'Gates of Fire' Would Rock!

This is a book that tells a very rich story of 'the 300 Spartans' that the wildly inaccurate movie '300' just didn't do.
I'm also pleased about 'Life of
Pi' being done; just hoping they do it justice.
This is a book that tells a very rich story of 'the 300 Spartans' that the wildly inaccurate movie '300' just didn't do.
I'm also pleased about 'Life of
Pi' being done; just hoping they do it justice.
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3:00PM on 04/25/2012
I really hope they don't cannibalize the book.
I really hope they don't cannibalize the book.
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1:58PM on 04/25/2012
A Small Death in Lisbon. Nazis, spys, gold, and sex.
A Small Death in Lisbon. Nazis, spys, gold, and sex.
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1:55PM on 04/25/2012

At Last

I've been waiting for news on the movie for a while. Ang Lee always makes good films (I even liked his version of Hulk, much to the hate of everyone else). Oh by the way, the bollywood actress is called Taboo, not Tatu. Just pointing out.
I've been waiting for news on the movie for a while. Ang Lee always makes good films (I even liked his version of Hulk, much to the hate of everyone else). Oh by the way, the bollywood actress is called Taboo, not Tatu. Just pointing out.
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5:13AM on 04/26/2012
What the fuck are you talking about?
Her name is Tabu, just like Paul wrote. Not Taboo or Tatu.

You need glasses. Just pointing it.
What the fuck are you talking about?
Her name is Tabu, just like Paul wrote. Not Taboo or Tatu.

You need glasses. Just pointing it.
12:40PM on 04/25/2012
The 6th grader in me wants "The Giver" to be made. On a sidenote I read the Life of Pi did not really like it, so I will wait for a trailer.
The 6th grader in me wants "The Giver" to be made. On a sidenote I read the Life of Pi did not really like it, so I will wait for a trailer.
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11:39AM on 04/25/2012
"Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon, but it is so long that an adaptation would probably never work. Recently became obsessed with "Fifty Shades of Grey" and curious as to how (SO. MUCH. SEX) they are going to pull off a film version of it.
"Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon, but it is so long that an adaptation would probably never work. Recently became obsessed with "Fifty Shades of Grey" and curious as to how (SO. MUCH. SEX) they are going to pull off a film version of it.
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11:19AM on 04/25/2012
"The Analyst" by John Katzenbach

I would love the Fincher take on it.. great thriller
"The Analyst" by John Katzenbach

I would love the Fincher take on it.. great thriller
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