Life Of Pi

Synopsis: In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Richard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive.
Director(s): Ang Lee
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 4 Oscars. Another 78 wins & 129 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.9
Metacritic:
79
Rotten Tomatoes:
87%
PG
Year:
2012
127 min
$103,500,000
Website
768 Views

1 EXT. PONDICHERRY ZOO, INDIA, 1961 - DAY 1

CREDITS OVER:
a magical fairy tale world in collage - images

of fantastic creatures striped and spotted, hoofed and

horned.

Goats and warthogs mingle in an open field; a baby giraffe

tries to reach leaves over a fence; rhinos roll happily in

rich red mud, looking like giant muddy boulders, while

nearby, black and white Malayan tapirs cool themselves in

watering holes.

Exotic monkeys with comical faces cling lovingly to one

another, swing from trees, climb over one another, prance and

screech; a probiscus monkey with a 'Jimmy Durante' nose

pointing out through the plane of the screen. Flamingoes

strut about in the aviary, their pink feathers reflected in

the water.

A sloth droops lazily from a tree branch, unfazed, while a

nearby hummingbird zips manically from flower to flower like

Tinkerbell...

... the Pondicherry zoo is a children's paradise nestled in a

botanical garden.

WRITER (V.O.)

You were raised in a zoo?

3 EXT. PONDICHERRY ZOO, INDIA, 1961 - DAY 3

There's a flurry of activity in the animal clinic behind a

monitor lizard that wanders the main path. ZOO WORKERS gather

in the doorway, talking excitedly.

No one notices the lizard.

ADULT PI (V.O.)

Born and raised in Pondicherry, in

what was the French part of India.

My father owned the zoo, and I was

delivered on short notice by a

herpetologist who was there to

check on the Bengal Monitor Lizard.

The zoo owner (FATHER - late 20s) hurries down the path as

quickly as his heavy leg brace will allow and hurries into

the animal clinic.

2.

ADULT PI (V.O.)

Mother and I were both healthy...

The lizard crawls away.

ADULT PI (V.O.)

but the poor lizard escaped and was

trampled by a frightened

cassowary...

5 INT. PI'S HOME, KITCHEN, MONTREAL - DAY 5

A modest row house. There is a French influence to the decor,

along with books and artwork that celebrate the spiritual.

PI PATEL (50 - intelligent, Indo-Canadian) cooks an Indian

meal. The often-skeptical WRITER (late 30s, a disheveled

French Canadian), watches Pi.

ADULT PI:

The way of karma; the way of God.

WRITER:

I assumed your father was a

mathematician - because of your

name.

ADULT PI:

Oh, far from it. I was named after

a swimming pool.

WRITER:

There's a swimming pool named 'Pi?'

ADULT PI:

(He chuckles.)

You see, my uncle, Francis, was

born with too much water in his

lungs. They say the doctor swung

Francis around by the ankles to

clear the water out and that's what

gave him the huge chest and skinny

legs that made him such a great

swimmer.

WRITER:

(Amused.)

Is Francis actually your uncle? He

said he was friends with your

father.

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David Magee

David Magee (born 1962) is an American screenwriter who was nominated for a 2004 Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Finding Neverland. Along with Simon Beaufoy, he wrote the screenplay for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, which was released in 2008. His 2012 screen adaptation of the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel earned him a Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He is currently writing the screenplay for the Disney musical Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The film will star Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and is scheduled for release in December 2018.Magee is also the screenwriter for the next Chronicles Of Narnia film, The Silver Chair, which is being produced by the Mark Gordon Company and released by TriStar films. more…

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