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February 18, 2009 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | February 18, 2009 |

The book is always better than the movie. Great movies can be made from books — The Godfather —┬ábut most of the time, the rule holds that the book is better simply because it can afford to take the time to be more emotionally immersive with a character.

Yann Martel’s Life of Pi is a good book, but whether it will turn into a good movie remains to be seen. It’s being adapted by Fox 2000, and this week it was announced that Ang Lee will direct. The project has gone through several versions, including one written by M. Night Shyamalan, but the studio probably wasn’t happy with the twist where everything turned out to be happening in a modern-day compound in the woods. There was even a version developed with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, which would have been pretty amazing. Still, Lee’s got The Ice Storm and Brokeback Mountain to his name. The studio is in the process of hiring a writer, and Lee will supervise the new script.

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Industry | February 18, 2009 |

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