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Ang Lee pulls out of Tyrant TV pilot due to exhaustion

Ang Lee directs Lust, Caution

Story by Jack Foley

ANG Lee has pulled out of directing the pilot episode of new TV show Tyrant.

The highly anticipated drama follows an unassuming American family who find themselves drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation.

Its creative team includes Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, who will act as executive producers.

But having secured the services of Lee just four weeks after he won the best director Oscar for his most recent film, Life of Pi, they have now lost their prized asset due to exhaustion.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the director said he needs “some rest” after spending over four years on Life of Pi and its subsequent promotion.

Expressing his disappointment at having to do so, Lee nevertheless felt that he could not give “100% to the project”.

“I cannot allow myself to do anything that may affect the potential for this exciting new series,” he continued.

Lee said it was still “one of the most brilliant ideas for a series” that he had seen and wished the team well with the “remarkable project”.

The decision by Lee to follow up his Oscar win with a TV project was seen as a sign of the growing strength of cable TV, given that the filmmaker follows the likes of Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann and David Slade to the small screen.

The Taiwanese director is currently serving as a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival.

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