Ang Lee to Direct Pilot for FX's 'Tyrant'

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Life of Pi director Ang Lee will helm the pilot for FX's drama project Tyrant. This marks Lee's first project since his Academy Award win for Pi and his TV directorial debut.

From Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, Tyrant centers around an American family that gets drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Production is slated to begin this summer.

"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 president and general manager 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."

Lee is also known for directing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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