"Tyrant" will mark Ang Lee's television directorial debut
How does Ang Lee follow up his Best Director Oscar win for "Life of Pi"? By taking on an FX pilot.
Lee will make his television directorial debut with "Tyrant," from "Homeland" producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, as well as "Six Feet Under" writer-producer Craig Wright.
The story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, "Tyrant" was created by Raff and developed by Gordon and Wright.
Raff handled writing duties for the pilot, which comes from Teakwood Lane, Gordon's production shingle with 20th Century Fox Television.
"Tyrant" is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions.
FX Networks' president and general manager John Landgraf called Lee a "perfect filmmaker" for the project.
"Ang Lee has demonstrated time and again an ability to present characters with such depth and specificity that they reveal the universal human condition,” Landgraf said. “No one could be a more perfect filmmaker to bring Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, and Craig Wright's Tyrant to indelible life."