If 3D gets a bad rap, it’s often for good reason. Done badly, 3D drives up ticket prices while adding nothing to the experience; done very badly, it robs you blind while destroying the picture. But every so often, a movie comes along that reminds you of how powerful the technology can be when wielded by a master craftsman. Ang Lee‘s stunning, vibrant Life of Pi is one of those cases.

After receiving strong early buzz thanks to some alluring clips and teasers, Life of Pi had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival this week. Lee cautioned us ahead of time that he was still putting the final touches on the movie, so the version that hits theaters may differ slightly from the one we saw. But whether he makes a few last tweaks or not, it’s clear that Life of Pi will be a worthwhile cinematic experience.

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Fox’s official website for Ang Lee‘s literary adaptation Life of Pi is up and running, and while it’s currently light on useful info, it is full of gorgeous imagery to ooh and ahh over. There’s a brief 10-second clip showing what appears to be an early encounter between protagonist Pi (newcomer Suraj Sharma) and the tiger Richard Parker, with whom Pi gets stranded at sea after a shipwreck. Plus, the site features a series of stunning banners. Hit the jump to see more.

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First Look: Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’

Life of Pi has taken its good sweet time journeying from the bookshelf to the box office. First published in 2001, Yann Martel‘s novel passed through the hands of M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso CuarĂ³n, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet before ultimately ending up with Ang Lee in 2009. A tricky adaptation process and budgetary woes helped keep the film in development hell a few years longer, but Lee struggled through and at long last, we finally have our first little peek at the new movie. Hit the jump for a still.

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Ang Lee To Adapt Life of Pi

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Hollywood has been trying to make a big screen adaptation of Yann Martel‘s novel Life of Pi since the fantasy adventure book was released in 2001. The book tells the story of Piscine “Pi” Molitor Patel, an Indian boy who survives 227 days after a shipwreck, while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a hyena, an injured zebra, an orangutan and a hungry Bengal tiger.

A variety of directors have been attached to the project, including Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Alfanso Curson and M. Night Shyamalan (who claimed that he decided not to make the film due to the audience’s expectation of a twist ending). And now Ang Lee is in talks to direct the adaptation for Fox 2000. According to Variety, Lee will supervise an entirely new take on the screenplay.

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