What does one do after winning a Best Director Oscar? Television obviously. Well that is if you’re Ang Lee. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Life of Pi director will next take on Howard Gordon’s, Tyrant, a new drama series for FX.
From the masterminds of suspense and intrigue who have brought you Homeland (Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff) and Lost (Craig Wright), the series will centre on an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation (interesting Homeland-spin there).
In talking about Lee’s involvement, FX Network President John Landgraf said that he “has demonstrated time and again an ability to present characters with such depth and specificity that they reveal the universal human condition”. This was certainly seen in his previous work on Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense and Sensibility and Brokeback Mountain, to name but a few of his amazing works. Landgraf continued saying that “no one could be a more perfect filmmaker to bring Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Craig Wright’s Tyrant to indelible life”.
President of Fox 21 (co-producer of Tyrant with FX Productions) Bert Salke agreed, stating that “Ang Lee, Gideon Raff, Craig Wright and Howard Gordon are master storytellers at the height of their powers and the material is incredible”.
As well as directing the pilot, Lee will serve as executive producer and if it is picked up, he will remain as such though how may more episodes he may direct is unknown. The concept comes from Raff (the mastermind behind Hatufim, the Israeli series from which Homeland is based) and was developed by Gordon and Wright. All three are attached as executive producers along with Lee and in association with the Israeli company, Keshnet Broadcasting.
Casting for the pilot has not yet begun, though with production starting in Morocco in a few months, we should be hearing names attached to this project very shortly.