We’re used to reporting on 3D filmmaking in relation to the latest money-spinning genre sequel , so the announcement that Fox plan to roll out the technological big guns for a whimsical literary adaptation has caught us a bit by surprise.
Fox have been sitting on the rights to Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi since 2000, with a host of big-name directors attached, all of whom have fallen by the wayside. Alfonso Cuaron, M. Night. Shyamalan and Jean-Pierre Jeunet have all come and gone, but it’s now sounding like the studio have settled on Ang Lee as the man to take things forward.
Oscar-winner Lee will produce and direct, whilst an early screenplay has been knocked together by Finding Neverland ’s David Magee. So far, so logical, but then comes the curveball, as Indiewire reports Lee plans to deliver, “a 3-D magical fantasy adventure crammed with visual effects.”
Lee will supposedly have a $70 million plus budget to tell the story, involving a boy who is marooned in a lifeboat with a group of zoo animals, and according to Fox executive Elizabeth Gabler, he’ll need every penny.
Pi in the sky, or something you can see happening? Tell us!