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02.18.2009
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There was once a time when M. Night Shyamalan decided he wanted to make an adaptation of Yann Martel's celebrated novel THE LIFE OF PI his next film. Shyamalan instead decided to make THE HAPPENING. That in turn gave us gems like this clip. So not exactly the smartest move by Shyamalan but that left the door open for someone else to try and come in to adapt PI. Enter Ang Lee. The BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN director is in talks with Fox to direct the film. The existing scripts for the film will be chucked in the garbage while Lee supervises a new draft. It's unclear if he'll bring frequent writing partner James Schamus with him. Unclear because Schamus actually runs another competing studio, Focus Features, and he might have some bones about working for Fox. The story revolves around a young Indian boy who survives a shipwreck and remains stranded on a life raft with a tiger, an orangutan, a zebra and a hyena. I will say no more for fear of treading into spoiler territory. Lee is currently wrapping up post-production on TAKING WOODSTOCK, which will hit theaters this August.

Extra Tidbit: Jean-Pierre Jeunet (AMELIE) was at one time attached but he also left the project.
Source: Variety

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7:28PM on 02/20/2009

ang lee

is a great director. i am as straight as they come so it was VERY hard for anyone, including myself, to get me to see brokeback, but im glad i did, its a really well made movie.
is a great director. i am as straight as they come so it was VERY hard for anyone, including myself, to get me to see brokeback, but im glad i did, its a really well made movie.
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12:03PM on 02/20/2009
"Life of Pi" is good... but Martel's "Self" (about a boy who miraculously changes into a woman on his/her? 18th birthday) is much better.

He also has a great blog: [link]
It's made up of the letters (along with a used book) that Martel sends to the Prime Minister of Canada every two weeks.
"Life of Pi" is good... but Martel's "Self" (about a boy who miraculously changes into a woman on his/her? 18th birthday) is much better.

He also has a great blog: [link]
It's made up of the letters (along with a used book) that Martel sends to the Prime Minister of Canada every two weeks.
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7:17AM on 02/19/2009
that marky mark clip is gold.

"what? nooooo ...."

LOL
that marky mark clip is gold.

"what? nooooo ...."

LOL
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2:04PM on 02/18/2009

MIKE PLEASE

Shyamalan did not make The Happening over Life Of Pi. Get a freakin' clue dude, you sound uninformed and vengeful.

That being said. I never got what was so great about the book. It's preachy and heavy-handed.
Shyamalan did not make The Happening over Life Of Pi. Get a freakin' clue dude, you sound uninformed and vengeful.

That being said. I never got what was so great about the book. It's preachy and heavy-handed.
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12:08PM on 02/18/2009
Such a great novel. I hope this film turns more people on to reading it.
Such a great novel. I hope this film turns more people on to reading it.
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11:03AM on 02/18/2009
That's great news! I love the book, but hated the thought of Shyamalan directing it. Ang Lee is a definite step up.
That's great news! I love the book, but hated the thought of Shyamalan directing it. Ang Lee is a definite step up.
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