I have yet to read Yann Martel's Life of Pi but, on the basis of this sumptuous new trailer for Ang Lees adaptation, I may have to remedy that soon.
The Amazon book synopsis reads:
"The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional–but is it more true?"
That certainly sounds interesting and in Lee's skilled hands we are sure to get a visually stunning but emotionally stirring work which, if handled right, could be yet another strong argument for only allowing cinematic masters to direct in 3D (the other two major arguments thus far being Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Ridley Scott's Prometheus). Whether this moody, evocative trailer amounts to a worthy film remains to be seen, but a director of Ang Lee's stature has earned some faith.
Life of Pi will be released 21st December, so stock up on your inflatable arm-bands and tiger-repellant.