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Yann Martel's 2001 novel Life of Pi has sold more than seven million copies and spent years on the bestseller lists. Bringing any beloved book to the big screen can be a daunting undertaking, but this particular story—about a young shipwreck survivor who shares a lifeboat with a hungry tiger—was long considered "unfilmable." After several directors (including M. Night Shyamalan) got on board and then jumped ship, Ang Lee agreed to helm the project. The Oscar winner for Brokeback Mountain has crafted a beautiful, faithful adaptation, though the filmmaking journey was hardly smooth sailing. Check out this tsunami of challenges, any of which could have sunk the production: 1. No Stars to Guide the Ship: For »

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