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20th Century Fox takes a rare chance with 'Life of Pi'

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Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) and a fierce Bengal tiger named Richard Parker must rely on each other to survive an epic journey in "Life of Pi."
Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) and a fierce Bengal tiger named Richard Parker must rely on each other to survive an epic journey in "Life Of Pi."

Transforming the magical novel, "Life of Pi," about a boy and a tiger stuck on a lifeboat, into something camera-ready was a major challenge for director Ang Lee.

Transforming the magical novel, "Life of Pi," about a boy and a tiger stuck on a lifeboat, into something camera-ready was a major challenge for director Ang Lee.  

Unlike almost every big-budget Hollywood movie these days, "Life of Pi" is not a sequel, it doesn't feature comic book characters, and it's based on a novel that was widely believed to be impossible to adapt as a film. Despite this, the film opens in theatres this weekend.

John Horn of the L.A. Times says all this makes "Life of Pi" a very expensive gamble.

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