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Ang Lee Departs FX Pilot 'Tyrant'

The Oscar-winning director pulls out of the Howard Gordon drama pilot due to exhaustion after the experience of filming and promoting Life of Pi.


It seems Ang Lee's post-Oscar move won't be an FX TV pilot after all, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

The Life of Pi  director has pulledout of Tyrant,  a high-profile drama pilot from Homeland's Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under's  CraigWright that he had signed on to direct. 

"It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest," explained Lee, who is currently on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, in a statement on Monday. "Because I cannot give 100 percent to this exciting project at this time, I cannot allow myself to do anything that may affect the potential for this exciting new series."

The Fox 21 project revolves around an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation. The studio will look for a replacement for Lee immediately, and does not imagine the news will dramatically impact the shooting calendar. Morocco is among the potential pilot locales that have been discussed.

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.