The 'Life of Pi' helmer has signed on to direct the FX pilot, which marks his first foray into television.
Ang Lee has snagged his first television gig, a month after getting Best Director prize for his work on "Life of Pi" at the Acamedy Awards. The Taiwanese-born American filmmaker is on board to helm FX's pilot "Tyrant".
The drama project from "Homeland" producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff as well as "Lost" writer Craig Wright revolves around an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Raff penned the script.
"Ang Lee has demonstrated time and again an ability to present characters with such depth and specificity that they reveal the universal human condition," says John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks. "No one could be a more perfect film maker to bring Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, and Craig Wright's Tyrant to indelible life."
Bert Salke, President of Fox 21 which will produce the show, chimes in, "The fact that the brilliant Ang Lee has signed on to direct his first project for television speaks to the extraordinary nature of 'Tyrant'. Ang Lee, Gideon Raff, Craig Wright and Howard Gordon are master storytellers at the height of their powers, and the material is incredible. We can't wait to get started."
Lee will head to Morocco this summer to film the drama pilot. He will be credited as an executive producer should "Tyrant" get picked up to series.
"Life of Pi" is not the only notable work by Lee. He was also named Oscars' Best Director in 2005 for helming "Brokeback Mountain", and was nominated in the same category in 2000 through his work on "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".