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'Woodstock' still baffles Ang Lee

October 01, 2009|Associated Press

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, attending the Hong Kong premiere of "Taking Woodstock" on Wednesday, said his next project will be an adaptation of Canadian writer Yann Martel's bestselling novel "Life of Pi."

The fable about a boy and a tiger who survive a shipwreck won Britain's most prestigious literary award, the Booker Prize, in 2002. Lee said he is still working on the script.

Lee told reporters he's baffled by the poor box-office results of "Taking Woodstock," which had earned $7.45 million in the United States as of Tuesday, according to the tracking website Box Office Mojo.

"I'm not sure why. I think the movie is quite good. I'm very proud of it," the filmmaker said. "Maybe people wanted to see the actual Woodstock festival, or maybe Woodstock isn't attractive to youngsters."

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