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Ang Lee heads to TV for Tyrant pilot

Ang Lee directs Lust, Caution

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-winning director Ang Lee is heading to television for his next gig… directing a new pilot from Homeland‘s Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Lost‘s Craig Wright.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyrant will revolve around an unassuming American family as they are drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation.

Casting on the show has not yet begun, although sources close to the project suggest it will rely heavily on Middle Eastern actors if it gets picked up to a full series.

If that happens, Lee is likely to remain on board as an executive producer.

But the move, which follows his best director Oscars success for Life of Pi, sees Lee following in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire), Michael Mann (Luck) and Gus Van Sant (Boss) in heading to TV.

It also shows the strength of writing within television at the moment, which is now widely considered to be on a par – if not better – than movies.

Commenting on the capture of Lee for Tyrant, FX Networks president John Landgraf said: “Ang Lee has demonstrated time and again an ability to present characters with such depth and specificity that they reveal the universal human condition.

“No one could be a more perfect filmmaker to bring Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Craig Wright’s Tyrant to indelible life.”

Shooting begins on location in Morocco in a matter of months.

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