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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 18, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Ang Lee to tackle “Life of Pi,” and more movie news

Ang Lee, who’s recovered nicely from “Hulk” with two beautiful movies — “Brokeback Mountain” and the lesser-known “Lust, Caution — is in talks to direct a screen version of Yann Martel’s prizewinning novel, “Life of Pi.” The project, according to Variety, is one of those that’s been floating around a while, with different filmmakers taking stabs at it: M. Night Shyamalan was at work on it at one point, as was Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Amelie”). A new script will be written, by a writer-to-be-named-later, for Lee’s version.
Elsewhere:
— Warner Bros. has picked up the thriller “Edge of Darkness,” based on a BBC miniseries and directed by Martin Campbell. Mel Gibson stars as a Boston police officer whose child is murdered. It’s Gibson’s first starring role since 2002, and a few things have happened to his public image since then; it’ll be interesting to see how audiences receive him.
— Writer/director Christopher Nolan said in an interview that “The Dark Knight” was edited in his garage. For “Batman Begins,” preproduction was headquartered in his garage to keep things intimate (this is a filmmaker whose writing partner is his brother and whose producer is his wife), and he’s kept his preproduction office. During “Batman Begins,” he said, “it was literally a garage with a washing machine in there and all that,” but he has “done it up a bit nicer” since then. I’m not sure why I find this item so utterly charming, but I do.

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