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Director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi presents a tough sell for mainstream audiences: the main character is oddly named, the cast is not comprised of instantly-recognizable faces and the bulk of the story strands the viewers in a small boat with a boy and a tiger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But if people take a chance and put their faith in the Oscar-winning director, they’ll experience a beautifully told story about survival, self-discovery, the triumph of the human spirit and the quest for meaning in life, all wrapped up in a well-paced film in which the gorgeous special effects and responsible use of 3D are actually quite complementary.

Based on the novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu, Rafe Spall and Gerard Depardieu and is in theaters now. Hit the jump for my review.

First Clip from LIFE OF PI with an Introduction by Director Ang Lee

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The first clip from visionary director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is now available.  The scene in question is an extension of the stunning trailer for the film, which was adapted from Yann Martel’s novel by David MageeLife of Pi follows an Indian boy named Pi (Suraj Sharma), a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.  Viewed in 2D, the clip can be a bit distracting as there are obvious places where the 3D will be played up; it entertains just the same.

Also starring Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan and Adil HussainLife of Pi opens in 3D November 21st.  Hit the jump to see the clip.

New Featurette for LIFE OF PI Focuses on Director Ang Lee’s Ambitious Vision

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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.

Ang Lee Looking to Cast Bollywood Actors for LIFE OF PI

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A couple of weeks ago, we reported that director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) had found the lead star for his upcoming 3D adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi with seventeen-year-old newcomer Surej Sharma.  The highly acclaimed novel tells the story of a boy named Pi, who gets stranded at sea for 227 days with a tiger. Now, with production set to start in January, Ang Lee is looking to cast the boy’s parents in the film.

According to TimesofIndia (via ThePlaylist), Lee hopes to cast popular Bollywood actress Tabu in the role of Pi’s mother, while Bollywood actors Sushant Singh and Sonu Sood are up for role of Pi’s father. By doing this, Lee will be following in the footsteps of Danny Boyle, who also chose to cast Bollywood actors in leading roles for Slumdog MillionaireLife of Pi is set to open on December 14, 2012.  You can hit the jump to read a plot synopsis for the novel.

Ang Lee’s 3D Adaptation of LIFE OF PI Struggles to Stay Afloat

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An adaptation of Yann Martel’s acclaimed novel Life of Pi has been in development for years now, but it seemed like its cinematic reality was imminent.  Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) was on board to direct to the would-be 3D picture with an allotted $70 million budget, and persistent producer Elizabeth Gabler was targeting an August shoot for a 2012 release.

And yet, 24 Frames reports that it appears the project has been put on hold.  Until Lee and producer Gil Netter can find a way to come up with a lower number, the adaptation will not move forward at the current budget.

Sustained by Gabler’s passion for the project, Pi has attracted an array of notable suitors over the years: M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuarón, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet have all been attached at some point to depict the tale of a teenage boy stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger.  Hit the jump for a full plot synopsis.

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