Life of Pi teaser swipes the paw

Posted by CB Droege

20th Century Fox has released the first teaser for its upcoming high-seas fantasy, Life of Pi.

If you went to see Prometheus this weekend, then you were lucky enough to be privy to a stunningly beautiful two-and-a-half minute clip from the film, which shows Pi on his little life-raft, fighting the tiger for some fish.

Unfortunately, that amazing sequence is still exclusive to showings of Prometheus, so I don’t have it for you here. What we do have is this ten second teaser clip, which is not nearly as pretty:

but it does give you a small sense of what Pi will have to deal with on his journey. The main action of the film takes place on a lifeboat populated only by Pi and this giant tiger, so don’t expect much dialogue.

There is no official synopsis of the film up yet, but here is some marketing copy from the book, by Yann Martel, upon which the film is based:

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan – and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.

It seems that the other animals have been removed from the script, but perhaps they’ll be presented in other ways.

There is also a talent filled supporting cast - including Tobey Maguire and Gérard Depardieu - so, clearly,  the whole film doesn’t take place on the boat.

In addition to that teaser, the new website for the film  features a number of promotional images, and plays a score from the film.

Life of Pi, which is directed by Ang Lee, floats into theaters November 21, 2012.