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LIFE OF PI Movie Release Date

Life of Pi movie Ang Lee Suraj Sharma
Ang Lee's Life of Pi movie, with Suraj Sharma

Ang Lee's 3D movie Life of Pi has been moved from Dec. 21 to Nov. 21, 20th Century Fox has announced. Life of Pi, which generated enthusiastic buzz following its screening at ComicCon a few weeks ago, is already considered a top contender next awards season. (Note: Life of Pi was originally scheduled to open on Dec. 14.)

By moving Life of Pi to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Fox is avoiding going neck and neck with the following Dec. 21 openings: Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden thriller Zero Dark Thirty, with Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, and Joel Edgerton; Christopher McQuarrie's crime drama One Shot (addendum: retitled Jack Reacher), with Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike; and another Judd Apatow comedy, This is 40, with Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy.

In addition to the Dec. 14 debuts of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and the musical Les Misérables, directed by The King's Speech's Tom Hooper, and starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and Helena Bonham Carter. And not to mention two Christmas Day releases: Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, with Leonardo DiCaprio; and Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, with once again Leonardo DiCaprio, in addition to Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton.

Opening along with Life of Pi on Nov. 21 are Peter Ramsey's animated Rise of the Guardians, featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman and Isla Fischer, and David O. Russell's comedy Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper, Julia Stiles, and Robert De Niro. And Nov. 16 marks the debut of the final Twilight movie, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.

Also worth noting is that a couple of days ago, Paramount announced that Jon M. Chu / Channing Tatum's G.I. Joe: Retaliation would be moved from June 2012 to March 2013 so the action flick could be released in 3D — a box office magnet overseas.

Now, is it a good idea to open two Leonardo DiCaprio movies on the same day? Will we see more last-minute switching around of release dates?

Life of Pi: The adventures of a zookeeper's son

The tale of a boy, the son of a zookeeper, and his adventures, Life of Pi was adapted by Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day / Finding Neverland's screenwriter David Magee from Yann Martel's novel. The film features newcomer Suraj Sharma as the young Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man's Irrfan Khan as the older Pi, Spider-Man's (and its sequels') Tobey Maguire (as Martel), Academy Award nominee Gérard Depardieu (Cyrano de Bergerac), Tabu, Adil Hussain, and Ayush Tandon.

Ang Lee won a Best Director Oscar for Brokeback Mountain in early 2006. The widely acclaimed gay "cowboy" drama starred Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michelle Williams.

Ang Lee's Life of Pi movie photo: 20th Century Fox.

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