Storyboards For Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Unmade Version Of Life Of Pi

This Thursday, 20th December, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi will be reaching UK cinemas though it has been out in US screens for a little while now. Perhaps more appropriate to this story is the film’s French release date and that’s set for this Wednesday.

Seemingly timed to this, Jean-Pierre Jeunet has updated his blog with an account of his two years working on his own adaptation of Life of Pi. In brief, it’s a story of how his screenplay and pre-production was at first encouraged by Fox and then, when he budgeted the film at $85 million, everything fell apart.

Not to spoil the big twist, but Ang Lee‘s film wasn’t exactly cheap…

What I really want to share, though, isn’t heartache but something more positive. Here are storyboards that Jeunet prepared for the film.

On the left are photographs that he took, on the right are redrawn version by Maxime Rebière.

This process was completed for the whole film, as Jeunet explains:

Throughout four and a half months I took more than 3000 photos, placing the characters on a sea of shimmering fabrics, taking pictures from all angles, choosing the images and editing the sequences on my computer.

I hope he’s still got that video. And futile as even saying this is, I hope that I one day get to see it.