Twentieth Century Fox and Apple have just revealed the first trailer for Life of Pi. For his newest film, Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) has adapted Yann Martel's bestselling novel of the same name, a surreal, allegorical adventure story about Pi Patel (newcomer Suraj Sharma), a young man shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean.
Stranded on a lifeboat, Pi must contend not just with the sea and its perils but also with the often dangerous company of his fellow survivors, including a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger that simultaneously becomes Pi's greatest threat and his most trusted confidante.
The film, which features Irrfan Khan (A Mighty Heart) and Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) in small roles, represents director Lee's first foray into 3D filmmaking; he shot Life of Pi using the Pace Fusion 3-D camera. Early this summer, Lee and Fox gave audiences a sample of the picture when they premiered extended clips before 3D screenings of Prometheus and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - the clips highlighted both the technical magic of the special effects as well as the contentious/respectful relationship between Pi and the tiger.
Life of Pi's scheduled U.S. release date is November 21st.
I generally go out of my way to see Ang Lee films, but I'm not sure what to make of this, having never read the novel and the trailer really being more of an extended teaser than something that gives one an accurate idea of what to expect. Still, I'll see it eventually.