Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee is in talks to direct the adaptation of Yann Martel’s fantasy book The Life of Pi.
Earlier director M. Night Shyamalan, writer Dean Georgaris, and writer-director Jean-Pierre Jeunet were associated with the project, but Ang Lee might be the one to direct the movie version of the wildly successful book. If he does, the director will work with a new screenplay.
The Life of Pi is the story of a young Indian shipwreck survivor, Pi Patel, who finds himself on a life raft with an injured zebra, orangutan, hyena and a Bengal tiger.
Reports say that Irrfan Khan who recently starred in Slumdog Millionaire has been signed up for The Life of Pi. There is no information about what he has been signed up for. I am thinking that if he has been signed up it is likely that he will play some role in Pi’s life in Pondicherry, before the shipwreck.
Yann Martel is delighted with the idea of a film adaptation of his book. He has been quoted as saying, “I’ll be delighted if it happens. Ang Lee is a great director and I would happily trust him with adapting Life of Pi.”
The Life of Pi is the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, in 2002, and has been translated into 40 languages.
Ang Lee is best known for directing movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sense and Sensibility, Hulk, Brokeback Mountain, and Lust, Caution.
He was won two Oscar awards, Best Director for the 2005 Brokeback Mountain and Best Foreign Language Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000.
Ang Lee with his experience in adaptations (Brokeback Mountain, The Ice Storm) and his ability to depict the fantastic with the real, seems to be good choice to direct The Life of Pi.
In 2008, Irrfan Khan won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, for Slumdog Millionaire. His recent release was Shahrukh Khan’s Billu, which has not done too well at the box office.
In the past, Irrfan Khan has received critical acclaim for movies like Mira Nair’s The Namesake, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Life in a Metro, A Mighty Heart, Haasil, and Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maqbool.