Life of Pi – A Chat With Screenwriter David Magee

by Yo Snyder

It’s always a challenge to adapt a book into a successful
movie, but what about one that tells the story of a young man on a spiritual
journey, in a life boat, in the middle of an ocean after a shipwreck, with a
tiger as his only companion? Now that is a truly daunting task for any writer,
and yet it was one that screenwriter David Magee was eager to tackle. We
recently had a chance to chat with him about adapting the book Life of Pi for the big screen, what sort
of hurdles he had to overcome, and we got some advice for any kid who might
think having a tiger for a pet is a good idea: