1977: Pi Patel and a Bengal Tiger get stranded in the Pacific Ocean in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi

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1977 – Indian teenager Pi Patel (short for Piscine Molitor Patel… ‘Pi‘ it is, then!) get stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean after the sinking of the boat meant to bring him, his family and his father’s zoo animals from Pondichery, India to Canada.

He won’t be alone during the 227 days of his journey, as he will share the lifeboat with an unlikely companion: Richard Parker, a… Bengal tiger.

Published in 2001, Yann Martel‘s Life of Pi won the Booker Prize in 2002.

Written by David Magee and shot by cinematographer Claudio Miranda, Ang Lee‘s adaptation of Life of Pi opened in US Theaters on November 21, 2012.

The rights were bought in 2003 and M. Night Shyamalan joined the development of the movie in 2004, rewriting a few drafts before he left the project to direct Lady In The Water.
Alfonso Cuaron was then brought as a potential director in 2005… but left to direct the brilliant Children of Men.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet replaced him, writing a few drafts in 2006 with his fellow screenwriter Guillaume Laurant… and left the project as well. Ang Lee became the last hired director in 2009, the final adaptation of Life of Pi being penned by screenwriter David Magee.

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Posted: August 15, 2014

Author: Fabien Hurelle

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