Ang Lee is close to getting the go-ahead to finally bring the bestelling novel Life Of Pi to the bigscreen, and current plans are for the film to be a 3-D FX heavy affair. The proposed budget of $70 million doesn't sound like much, relatively speaking for the studio system, but I'm willing to bet they lose all $70 million if they're really betting on this as a box-office hit.
I love Ang Lee. I've been a supporter of his even when I haven't loved the end results. As most people were arguing over "LA Confidential" or "Titanic" as the best film of 1997, I personally felt like "The Ice Storm" dusted both of them. Even if I don't play the Oscar game, I can understand why "Brokeback Mountain" was such a key player in the race the year it was released.I was a vocal advocate for his much maligned "Hulk," and I still defend it, convinced it's a film that aims high and almost pulls it all off. When I wrote my list of the "50 Best Films Of The Decade" in December, I gave the top spot to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." And I still think people just plain missed out when it comes to "Lust, Caution" and "Ride With The Devil," although there's at least a Criterion release of the latter film available now.