Ang Lee Bows Out Of ‘Tyrant’ TV Pilot

Famed film director Ang Lee won’t be bringing his Oscar-winning filmmaking to the small screen anytime soon. The Life of Pi director has bowed out of directing the Tyrant TV pilot.

A report on Yahoo! News cited Ang Lee’s need for some rest and relaxation as his reason for bowing out of the TV pilot.

Lee signed up to take control of Tyrant in March, the series under his control was set to debut on the FX Network.

In a statement regarding his decision Ang Lee writes:

“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.”

Had he moved forward with Tyrant it would have marked Ang Lee’s first attempt at bringing his vision to TV.

Tyrant is being produced by Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Giden Raff. The show surrounds an “American family that is pulled into the workings of a restive Eastern nation.”

Lee would have brought a mix of action and emotion to the show that only he can capture. Among his hit movies are Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

With Ang Lee originally expected to begin work on Tyrant this summer it is now uncertain how and if the show will move forward without him.

The team at FX have not yet responded to requests about the shows future. FX is a subsidiary of Fox TV which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Will you be tuning in to watch Tyrant regardless of Ang Lee’s lack of involvement in the project?