July 25th, 2012
03:04 PM ET
There was plenty of doubt that it could be done, but Oscar-winning director Ang Lee has adapted Yann Martel's best-seller "Life of Pi" to film, and on Wednesday, 20th Century Fox offered a first look.
The challenge for Lee, as Slate points out, was to tell a story that centers on a shipwrecked boy who's stuck on his vessel with a zebra, hyena, orangutan and, most memorably, a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
The two-minute clip gives an ample taste of what's to come in Lee's work, which will be in 3-D. The trailer depicts the ferocious storm that sets Pi, a zookeeper's son, off course from his family, and a series of beautifully shot scenes show his initial run-ins with the fearsome Richard Parker and the development of their bond.
"If the trailer is any indication, the movie is going to be gorgeous," said Time magazine, echoing the Wall Street Journal's lingering question of whether Lee will be able to infuse the film with the same emotional impact as Martel's book.
This is Lee's first time using 3-D, and the Hollywood Reporter suggests that between "Life of Pi," Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" and Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" - the latter two of which open in December - there's "a good chance we'll see 3-D in a whole new way by the new year."
What do you think of the trailer? "Life of Pi" arrives in theaters November 21.
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