Ang Lee to direct Life of Pi – in 3-D?!

Oscar winning director Ang Lee has long been rumoured to direct an adaptation of Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning novel Life of Pi. It seems that the project may be closer to reaching our screens than ever before.

According to Anne Thompson at Indiewire, producer Gil Netter is currently location scouting to find appropriate locales to help bring Martel’s tale to life. Lee is supposedly lined up to both produce and direct the feature.

The novel tells the story of a young boy named Pi who is forced to survive on a small life-boat with a tiger, hyena, zebra and orangutan after a disastrous ship-wreck. (But really, it’s about much much more.)

Lee, Netter and Fox 2000’s Elizabeth Gabler (who currently holds the rights to the book) intend on making Life of Pi a 3-D special effects spectacular, with a budget north of $US70 million.

A screenplay has been written by David Magee (Finding Neverland). Although the filmmakers want to begin production in August (for a 2012 release), they still need to wait for Fox Studios to give the picture the green light.

Thompson believes the decision will be made by the end of the month.

Discuss: Life of Pi is one of my all-time favourite novels, and I would love to see it brought to life on the big screen. I’m even eager to see it in 3-D (there are several Pandora-esque scenarios that could be amazing to behold in three dimensions). How do you feel about your favourite novels being adapted for the big screen?

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