Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 70%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
It's Steve Carell Vs. Emma Stone In Battle Of The Sexes
They're on for the real-life tennis tale
Adrianne Palicki In Talks For Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spin-off
Nick Blood is her likely co-star
Billy Zane Is Back Back Back For Zoolander 2
He's a cool dude!
The Lego Batman Movie Leaps Over Ninjago
The Dark Knight will hit cinemas first. Cue the theme!
Andy Samberg Voicing Storks
Kelsey Grammer also on board Warners' new 'toon
Promo For The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?
Exploring Tim Burton's most infamous 'What if?'
Nicole Perlman And Meg LeFauve In Talks to Write Captain Marvel
UPDATE: Marvel has made it official
Adam Scott Has A Sexy Sleepover In The Overnight Trailer
Pizza night turns into something more...
Joe Wright's Pan Is Flying To An Autumn Release
Warners is shifting the fantasy film's date
New Full-Length Jurassic World Trailer Arrives Online
A brave new world
Ian McKellen's Case Is Afoot In New Mr Holmes Trailer
Sloooofah!
First Look At John Michael McDonagh's War On Everyone
And Theo James joins the Calvary follow-up
New Poster For Joseph Gordon-Levitt's The Walk
Philippe Petit heads to place called vertigo
Star Wars: Rogue One Details Revealed
Film will show Rebel mission to steal the Death Star plans
Second Fantastic Four Trailer Leaps In
'You can't fix this...'
New Jurassic World Posters Arrive
Dino might
First Trailer For Star Wars Rebels Season 2
Vader gladiator
Lucas Till's Havok Returning For X-Men: Apocalypse
Hi, energy
Alan Rickman Finds The Limehouse Golem
He's aboard the murder mystery
Fast & Furious 7 Outpaces The US Box Office Again
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 segways into second
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
New Jurassic World Posters Arrive
Dino might
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Jurassic World
12 June 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Lunchbox (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Life Of Pi (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Life Of Pi (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

First Look At The Life Of Pi
Ang Lee talks his tiger feat

25 April 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Criterion Cast

submit to reddit

Since he became the man to finally get the long-developing adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel Life Of Pi before cameras, Ang Lee has been hard at work wrangling animals, young actors and 3D cameras to shoot it. He showed up to this year’s CinemaCon event to talk about making the film and the challenges of shooting with 3D tech.

Pi is split into three sections chronicling the life of Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel (Suraj Sharma). Born a Hindu, the lad begins to also follow Christianity and Islam, explaining that he simply wants to love God. Teased at school, he spends more time at his father's zoo, learning to care for animals. When he's a teenager, his family decide to relocate to Canada and set out on a freighter, only for the ship to sink, leaving him stranded in a lifeboat. He’s not alone, though: he’s in there with a hyena, a seasick orang-utan, an injured zebra and a Bengal tiger. 

While the image above (courtesy of Criterion Cast’s Tumblr) shows that things - as in the book - really don't go that well for the other animals, we'll avoid exploring that further for fear of getting into very spoilery territory. The final chunk of Martel's tome has officials from the Japanese Maritime department investigating the sinking and questioning Pi about the events that followed, with different versions of events emerging. 

Talking at CinemaCon (as reported by The Wrap), Lee revealed the effort he went to to get the movie made. “I’m dealing with a kid, a tiger and water, so the learning curve is enormous.” Not to mention using the large, still-unwieldy 3D cameras. “It’s like operating a refrigerator.” Still, he seems convinced that the technology is the way of the future.

Life Of Pi also features Tobey Maguire, Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Adil Hussain. It’ll be out on December 21, and we’re hoping to see a trailer soon. 


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Hope Springs Trailer Arrives
Streep seeks counselling
Denzel Washington Could Be The Equalizer
Update: He's in!

Your Comments

Please don't ruin it... More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 09:07 on 26 April 2012 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 15 Most Controversial Alternate Endings
How some of your favourite films could have finished...

80 Of The Best Movie Star Adverts
From Sly Stallone selling bread to Hugh Jackman dancing for Ice Tea

Showrunner Matthew Weiner Reveals 7 Mad Men Secrets
The truth about The Beatles and that lawnmower

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Breakdown
Everything you need to know about the second teaser

Podcast #157: Alan Rickman
From A Little Chaos to Die Hard and back again

From Hell! 22 Stalker Psychodramas
From fatal attractions to single white females

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon On The Town That Dreaded Sundown
The American Horror Story director on his cult slasher remake

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 70%
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)