Whether penning film versions of period dramas, as he did with "Finding Neverland" (2004), or of bestselling fantasy-adventure novels like "Life of Pi" (2012), David Magee consistently delivered power...
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He went on to co-write the film version of "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" (2008), a comedy based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Winifred Watson. In 2012, Magee found himself in the spotlight for writing the screenplay of the highly-anticipated film version of "Life of Pi." Directed by Ang Lee, the film was based on Yann Martel's 2001 bestselling novel about a 16-year-old (Suraj Sharma) who survives a shipwreck and spends 227 days adrift at sea in a small lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. Writing the screenplay for "Life of Pi" was no small feat; prior to Magee, several writers tried their hand at adapting the novel for the big screen, but their efforts were ultimately shelved. Magee reportedly did not read any of the previous drafts and instead, he focused on finding the right tone for the script, and capturing the same spirit and intention of the beloved book. His efforts paid off. "Life of Pi" was not only a commercial success, but also earned strong reviews from critics and fans, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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