David Yates Takes Over FX Pilot ‘Tyrant’

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Losing a multiple Oscar-winner for your project is never a good thing. But, replacing him with a guy responsible for billions in box office isn’t bad. That’s what happening on the FX pilot Tyrant. Ang Lee was set to direct the first episode of the show, which is about “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation” but he dropped out. He’ll now be replaced by David Yates. He directed the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth Harry Potter films, which grossed over $4 billion worldwide. Read More »

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Ang Lee Won’t Make ‘Tyrant’ For FX

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Not long ago, an announcement hit that Ang Lee, this years Best Director Oscar winner, would make his television debut as the director of the pilot for Tyrant. The show, housed at FX, is about “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.”

The show is likely still going forward, but Lee has announced that he won’t be part of it after all. He has pulled out of directing the pilot, citing a need to take some time off.  Read More »

The film and TV businesses have melded and merged in a way that would have been unfathomable a decade or two ago. Directors and actors regularly bounce between films and television in a way that implicitly argues that the divisions between the two are technical at best.

Once, the notion that someone would do a TV pilot after winning the Best Director Oscar would have seemed crazy. But Ang Lee has just been announced as the director and executive producer of the pilot for the FX show Tyrant. The project was developed by Homeland exec producer Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff, who created Homeland‘s inspiration, the Israeli show Hatufim (Prisoners of War).

The show will follow the life of “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” More info is below, via the press release. Read More »

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