'Life of Pi' Screenplay Needed 170 Rewrites: Do You Like Big Challenges?
SodaHead Celebs 2012/11/21 20:40:18
Ang Lee's new film "Life of Pi" is wowing critics everywhere, but it very nearly didn't get made. It's an adaptation of Yann Martel's famous book, which won the Booker Prize and is a staple of many school curriculums, and is considered by many to be unfilmable. Even screenwriter David McGee didn't think it could be done, but he eventually managed it -- after 170 script revisions.
In an article for The Atlantic, McGee says that he initially read and loved the book years ago, but "dismissed" the idea of making it into a film. But six years later he met with Ang Lee, and "almost immediately... went from dismissing the novel as impossible to having it as my next project."
During the writing process, McGee spent time on a boat adrift at sea, traveled to India and, over the course of three and a half years, wrote "170 drafts of the script." Apparently, after a few weeks, he said "I don't really know how we're going to do this," to which Lee replied "Neither do I." Do you enjoy taking on big challenges?
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