Now that much-decorated director Ang Lee has scooped up another handful of awards for Life of Pi, he’s turning his attention to television. Lee will follow up Life of Pi with an FX pilot called Tyrant, his TV directorial debut. FX Networks president John Landgraf announced the news Thursday.
Tyrant, Lee’s first project following Life of Pi, is described by the network as “the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.”
“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 in a statement. “No one could be a more perfect film maker to bring Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Craig Wright’s Tyrant to indelible life.”
Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff created the show. They’re not the only talent from the Emmy-winning Showtime series working on a new show with FX; Homeland writer Meredith Stiehm is developing the new series The Bridge for the network.
Craig Wright (Six Feet Under, Lost) will serve as showrunner for Tyrant if the project gets a series order.