Most of Pi’s tale takes place on-board the lost lifeboat, but the journey covers an ocean of thoughtful insight on matters of religion, life and the faith required to survive unfathomable hardship. President Barack Obama has even written the author, Yann Martel, regarding his incredible book, saying [it is] “an elegant proof of God and the power of storytelling.” You can’t get a much better endorsement than that.Life of Pi was first published in 2001 and the film project based on the book has been batted around Hollywood for years now. At one time the film was even attached to M. Night Shyamalan (Unbreakable), who ultimately walked away from the project because he was afraid his reputation for twist-endings would hurt the experience of the story – which certainly has some surprises.
The upcoming movie landed in director Ang Lee’s (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) very capable hands and he has been working on the project for three and a half years now. The film is being praised for pushing the envelope of 3D technology and already is being considered a strong Oscar contender. You can read more about the The Life of Pi’ short sneek-peek in the Deadline|Hollywood article regarding the CinemaCon convention.