Georgaris Adapts 'Life Of Pi' For Big Screen

Fox Pictures has purchased the rights for Yann Martel's novel 'Life of Pi' with Dean Georgaris set to adapt it for the big screen, according to Variety.

The movie, said to be an absurdist and yet philosophical story, follows a 16-year-old Indian boy whose passage to a new life in America aboard a freighter ends in shipwreck in the Pacific. Left to fend for himself on a 26-foot life raft with a hyena, an orangutan, an injured zebra and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, Pi survives for the better part of a year through faith and guile, though Richard eventually kills off and dines on the rest of Pi's shipmates.

The deal with Georgaris is said to represent a seven-figure paycheck for one of Hollywood's most successful unproduced screenwriters. Georgaris is finishing up Paycheck, which begins shooting in March, with John Woo directing Ben Affleck. He also wrote the Angelina Jolie sequel Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life: Tomb Raider 2 which hits theaters this summer, and he is said to be penned for the first draft of Paramount's remake of The Manchurian Candidate for director Jonathan Demme and star Denzel Washington.

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