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First Footage From Life Of Pi
Mighty anthromorphing from Ang Lee

14 June 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source:

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Life Of Pi is a film we've been intrigued by since its inception. As Ang Lee explained when Empire spoke to him on the Taking Woodstock press tour, his adaptation of Yann Martel's novel melds CG and in-camera work to create an environment that's both real and entirely fantastical. Magical and realist, if you like.

20th Century Fox have high hopes for it - not least because of the director's Oscar pedigree - and have started unveiling glimpses of the end result, starting with this snippet and a longer clip that's showing before 3D, non-IMAX screenings of Prometheus.

The film's website also reveals other, pastel-flavoured Pi flibberty-gibbets. These include a look at the raft Suraj Sharma's character, Pi Patel, hastily improvises, presumably to avoid waking up sandwiched between a Bengali tiger and the business end of an orangutan.

Lee, who picked the young Indian actor from 3000 hopefuls, admits that his lead couldn't actually swim when he cast him. Considering that his character spends 227 days adrift on a lifeboat with only that tiger, an orangutan, a hyena and a zebra for company, Pi's fretful look in this picture starts to make a lot of sense.

Released in the UK on December 21, Life Of Pi will be putting a tiger in your tank this Christmas time. If you're in America, you'll be able see it from November 21. A trailer shouldn't be far away, but here's more Pi goodness from Lee in the meantime.

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RE: First Footage From Life Of Pi
Now that does look interesting - the book is actually awaiting my attention once I have finshed reading the The Colorado Kid. Lee is always an interesting director, you never know what he's going to do next, but I am a bit concerned it is in 3D, just doesn't seem to need that really. Wasn't Night Shymalan directing this at one point ? More

Posted by OldGrey at 17:47 on 14 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: First Footage From Life Of Pi
That does look interesting, the book is actually on my shelf, to be started once I have finshed reading The Colorado Kid. Lee is always interesting as a director and you never know what you will get next with him, but I am slightly concerned that it is a 3 D film, it just doesn't seem to warrant 3D really. Wasn't Mr. Night Shymalan directing this at one point ? More

Posted by OldGrey at 17:44 on 14 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Empire would probably agree with you, even if I don't...
Looks interesting and refreshing. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 16:43 on 14 June 2012 | Report This Post

Empire would probably agree with you, even if I don't...
... but at least we can agree that Ang Lee is capable of being awesome. More

Posted by croninja at 16:42 on 14 June 2012 | Report This Post

Empire would probably agree with you, even if I don't...
... but at least we can agree that Ang Lee is capable of being awesome. More

Posted by croninja at 16:25 on 14 June 2012 | Report This Post

Bruce Bana
Hulk is underrated. Better than The Avengers , Capt America, Iron Man by miles. More

Posted by burtbondy at 16:09 on 14 June 2012 | Report This Post

Looks beautiful and wondrous!
Great music on the website too. I loved the book and have every hope this will be brilliant. I might even forgive Ang Lee for making Hulk. More

Posted by croninja at 14:27 on 14 June 2012 | Report This Post

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