Ang Lee To Direct FX’s ‘Tyrant’

The Oscar winning director will make his television directorial debut on FX’s highly anticipated drama pilot.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Ang Lee


Last month, Ang Lee won his second Academy Award for Best Director for Life of Pi. And now, Lee is set to make his TV directorial debut.

FX has announced that Lee has signed on to direct the pilot episode of “Tyrant,” a new FX pilot from the “Homeland” team of Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff. “Tyrant” follows “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” “Tyrant” was created by Raff and developed by Gordon and Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under”).

The addition of Lee is a major coup for FX, since Lee has been heavily pursued for television pilots in the past. In the U.S., Lee is primarily known for directing feature films, including Sense and Sensibility; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Hulk and Brokeback Mountain.

In a brief statement, FX 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.”

“Tyrant” will begin production this summer and it is widely expected to be ordered to series by FX.


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