'Amelie' filmmaker Jeunet to direct 'Life of Pi'

25th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

LOS ANGELES, Oct 24 (AFP) - French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who made Oscar-nominated films "Amelie" and "A Very Long Engagement," will direct the Hollywood adaptation of the novel "Life of Pi," producers said Monday.

LOS ANGELES, Oct 24 (AFP) - French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who made Oscar-nominated films "Amelie" and "A Very Long Engagement," will direct the Hollywood adaptation of the novel "Life of Pi," producers said Monday.

Jeunet, who won an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay of his 2001 romantic hit "Amelie," is also co-writing the screenplay for the Fox 2000 version of the Booker prize-winning novel.

A source at Twentieth Century Fox, the parent of Fox 2000, confirmed to AFP that Jeunet has been assigned to make a celluloid version of author Yann Martel's best-seller.

The 53-year-old maker of films such as 1991's "Delicatessen" and 1997's "Alien: Resurrection" is adapting the screenplay along with Guillaume Laurant, his collaborator on "Amelie" and last year's "A Very Long Engagement."

Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler bought the rights to the novel three years ago, but production has been held up by the search for the right filmmaker and by schedule clashes, the studio source told AFP.

"We bought the book three years ago, and so many filmmakers were passionate about it, but we felt a responsibility to the material and Yann Martel to wait for the right one at the right time," Gabler told Daily Variety.

The book tells the tale of a 16-year-old boy's voyage from India to Canada that begins on a freighter carrying animals that his father is transporting from the zoo.

The ship sinks and the boy is the sole human survivor, sharing a lifeboat with a hyena, an injured zebra and a hungry tiger.

M. Night Shyamalan was originally set to direct the movie but pulled out to make "Lady in the Water," while the Mexican director of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004), Alfonso Cuaron, was also in talks to make it, but withdrew from the negotiations to make another movie.

Jeunet was then brought in to talk to the studio, which plans to begin production next summer, with part of the film set to be shot in India.

"We had the most amazing meeting with Jean-Pierre, one of those instances where he verbalized the things I had in my head, and every hope of what this movie could become," Gabler told Variety.

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