“Life of Pi” author Yann Martel wants to see movie based on book

Canadian award-winning author sees trailer for upcoming flick.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Yann Martel penned the best-selling book "Life of Pi," which was first published in 2001, and it soared to the bestseller's list in no time. Now, more than a decade later, Martel will see his book on the big screen, as the trailer for the highly-anticipated "Life of Pi" adaptation movie was released this week.

"I don't have a sense of ownership; I let go because a movie is very different from a book," Martel said to The Canadian Press about the film. His book won several awards, including the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the 2003 Boeke Prize, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Best Adult Fiction for years 2001–2003. It was also chosen as one of CBC Radio's Canada Reads 2003. "They're just two different things. The fact is, the movie will deliver on visuals. The movie will make that very concrete and extraordinarily vivid, which a book can't do, so I sort of see them as being complementary. I'm as curious as anyone else to see it, to see what he's done with it, how he's interpreted the words on the page, the camera angle, how it all flows together," he added about director Ang Lee. "I'll be first in line." Martel, who hails from Saskatoon, actually has a cameo in the movie as well.

"Life of Pi" stars Toby Maguire ("Spider-Man," "Pleasantville"), Irrfan Khan ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Gerard Depardieu ("The Man in the Iron Mask"), and breakout star Suraj Sharma, who's first project will be the "Pi" flick.

"Life of Pi" is scheduled for release across the country in January 2013.