Yann Martel: Well, I wouldn’t even really call it “production” just yet! I’m a big fan of cinema, so it’s really an exciting process for me. I’m delighted that Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of Amélie, is directing it. It’s really a match made in heaven. We corresponded quite a bit initially, but after a while he just said, “trust me.” I told him he could take liberties with the story in order to make it work as a film. He’s only made one American film before, and this one is being distributed by Fox 2000. I do think you do have to take liberties when you take a novel and transfer it to cinema, it can become stilted. What works in prose doesn’t always work as a film. Arthur: Definitely. And Jeunet has worked with book-to-film adaptations before, with his most recent film A Very Long Engagement. But Jeunet hasn’t done very many American films!
Yann Martel: He’s actually only done one! Alien: Ressurection, oddly enough. I just bought it since I figured, he’s directing my story, I should watch all of his films! A lot of directors expressed interest in the story. M. Night Shamalan (the director of The Sixth Sense) was actually born in Pondicherry, so he was very interested! But you know how hectic and tense Hollywood is. So hugely complicated, these things!"
yeah, i was pretty fucking pumped about the idea of a jeunet adaptation of life of pi (and cut out like a 30 minute discussion we had about amélie and delicatessen and la cité des enfants perdus) but hey look it’s almost 2010 and there is still no movie and now fucking M NIGHT SHYMALAN is attached to it. bullllllllllshit.
Julia: IMDB now says ang lee.
A boy and a tiger, making out on a boat.