‘Life of Pi’ a huge gamble for 20th Century Fox

The movie is sophisticated, not based on a comic book and a tough sell. Still, the studio hopes to defy all odds with Ang Lee’s $ 120-million film about a boy, a tiger and a lifeboat.

Many people in Hollywood considered “Life of Pi” to be unfilmable. Now that it’s about to hit theaters Wednesday, there’s a new question: Can it be profitable…

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