Oscar winner Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) is working with a writer on film adaptation of Yann Martel’s fantasy “Life of Pi”

Ang Lee working on film adaptation of “Life of Pi”, about shipwrecked boy from India

Oscar winner Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) is working with a writer on film adaptation of Yann Martel’s fantasy “Life of Pi” about a boy from Pondicherry (India) who survives 227 days after shipwreck, according to reports.

Lee is quoted as saying: “It’s a very strong story, but it’s hard to crack.”

Acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, welcoming the film adaptation of this India influenced story, urged Lee to handle the Pi’s spirituality exploration and holistic edge with cultural sensitivity.


Expected to be released in 2011, Canadian Martel’s (Manners of Dying) Man Booker Prize and other awards winning novel is an adventure tale about 16-years old Pi Patel stranded on a lifeboat with a hyena, orangutan, an injured zebra, and a hungry Bengal tiger in Pacific Ocean on his voyage from India to Canada. It has sold well over one million copies and was a global publishing phenomenon. Keith Robinson adapted it into a play and toured England.

Oscar nominated M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen); and Dean Georgaris (What Happens in Vegas) have already dropped this project after preliminary exploration. This Fox 2000 high profile film adaptation will be produced by Gil Netter (Personal Effects).


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