Ang Lee pulls out of TV project Tyrant

  • Ang Lee has pulled out of his first television project as he requires a break, according to media reports on Tuesday.

    The director spent the last four years working on Life of Pi, which won him four Academy Awards earlier this year.

    In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Lee said: "I cannot allow myself to do anything that may affect the potential for this exciting new series,” he said.

    He added that he could not give "100% to the project".

    Tyrant follows the lives of an ordinary American family caught up in the turbulent affairs of a Middle Eastern nation.

    The team behind the show for American cable channel FX includes Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff of Homeland, who will serve as executive producers.

    Lee’s previous credits include the martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Jane Austen adaptation Sense and Sensibility.

    The director, 58, won his first Oscar for best director for cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain.

    Lee is currently serving as a jury member at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

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