Director Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s “unfilmable” novel Life of Pi has been a long time coming, and the film finally premiered late last month at the New York Film Festival to a largely positive response. Many critics were taken with Lee’s incredibly ambitious use of 3D and visual effects to bring the larger than life story to the screen, and now a featurette for the film has been released that focuses on how Lee tackled the adaptation. We see a few bits of new footage interspersed with Lee and Martel talking about the difficulties the production faced, including having a CGI tiger as one of its main characters.
Hit the jump to take a look, and be sure to check out Steve’s extended interview with Lee in which the filmmaker talks about how tough it was to get the film made and his thoughts on 3D as a new art form. Life of Pi opens in 3D on November 21st.
Here’s the synopsis for Life of Pi:
Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger.