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Ang Lee to direct his first TV pilot, 'Tyrant'

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03/14/2013 by Nichole Hamilton

Ang Lee, who won an Oscar for his 2012 film "Life of Pi," is set to take his talents to the small screen.

Lee, 58, is set to direct the pilot of an FX television series, "Tyrant," which is about an unassuring family drawn into the affairs of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.

The show marks Lee's first venture into directing for television, and his first project entirely since completing his Oscar-winning drama film, according to the news outlet.

The series, which was created by Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff of "Homeland," is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions. John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Productions, explained why Lee is a perfect fit for the project.

"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 explained 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."

Production on "Tyrant" is tentatively slated to begin this summer, and casting has yet to be announced.

Last month, Lee won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing for "Life of Pi," marking his second win and third nomination.

The winners were announced at a live ceremony that took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and aired live on ABC on Sunday, February 24. Lee, who is originally from Taiwan, beat David O. Russell of "Silver Linings Playbook," Steven Spielberg of "Lincoln," Michael Haneke of "Amour" and Benh Zeitlin of "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

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