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Ang Lee to direct TV pilot Tyrant

  • Oscar-winning film director Ang Lee is set to make his first venture into television after it was announced on Friday he will direct the pilot episode of new series, Tyrant.

    The show marks the Taiwanese filmaker’s first project since the 2012 film Life of Pi, which saw him win his second Academy Award last month.

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

    Shooting for the pilot for American cable channel FX will begin this summer.

    The team behind the show includes Homeland's Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, who will serve as executive producers.

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

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