A cinematic adaptation of Life of Pi has been in the works basically since Yann Martel‘s novel was published in 2001, but in the early stages the project had some trouble picking up steam. It passed through the hands of several directors, including M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuarón, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, over several years before finally landing with Ang Lee in 2008.
Now, after four years of hard work, Lee’s movie is finally on the verge of hitting theaters. One of the film’s strongest selling points is its incredible use of 3D, but it’s tough to get that third dimension across on a computer screen. So in this first clip, Fox’s marketing team settles for unveiling a scene where it’s obvious things would be flying at your face if you were in a theater. Watch the scene, with an introduction by Lee, after the jump.
The scene below is, I believe, the same one that played at Cinema Con earlier this year and in front of 3D screenings of Prometheus over the summer. At this point in the movie, teenage Pi Patel (newcomer Suraj Sharma) has survived a shipwreck only to be trapped in a lifeboat with the hungry tiger Richard Parker. When flying fish began attacking the boat, Pi finally decides to take charge of the situation and show Richard Parker who’s boss.
Life of Pi has garnered some great early praise (including from Peter and myself) for its stunning visual effects. While this clip doesn’t offer any the meditative beauty we’ve seen in other trailers, it does a nice job of showing off the film’s “magical realist” feel and bright, crisp colors. And as good as this looks, believe me, Life of Pi looks even better when it’s on the big screen in three glorious dimensions.
Also starring Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu, and Rafe Spall, Life of Pi opens November 21.