Ang Lee Heads TV with FX

Pilot marks the Oscar-winning director's first project since 'Life of Pi'

Fresh off his Best Director Oscar win for “Life of Pi,” Ang Lee is breaking into the TV biz, signing on to helm FX’s drama pilot “Tyrant.”

From “Homeland” producing duo Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and “Six Feet Under’s” Craig Wright, project centers on an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Raff penned the pilot for “Tyrant,” and will exec produce with Gordon and Wright in association with Keshet Broadcasting.

Lee will also serve as an exec producer. “Tyrant” is the first project the helmer has taken on since “Life of Pi.”

“Ang Lee has demonstrated time and again an ability to present characters with such depth and specificity that they reveal the universal human condition,” said FX chief John Landgraf. “No one could be a more perfect film maker to bring Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, and Craig Wright’s ‘Tyrant’ to indelible life.”

“Tyrant” is produced by Fox 21 and FX Prods. Pilot will lens this summer.

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