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Ang Lee drops out of directing 'Tyrant' pilot: 'I need some rest'
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee announced Tuesday that he no longer plans to direct the pilot for the new FX drama "Tyrant."
According to Deadline, the former Larchmont resident released a statement explaining why he was no longer able to helm the TV pilot, which would have been his first project since winning the best director Oscar for “Life of Pi” earlier this year.
"It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I've seen and one about which I was very excited," the 58-year-old director said in the statement. "However, after spending over four years making and promoting 'Life of Pi,' I have recently realized that I need some rest."
"Because I cannot give 100 [percent] to this exciting project at this time, I cannot allow myself to do anything that may affect the potential for this exciting new series," Lee said.
“Tyrant" is a television drama about “an American family drawn into the affairs of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation” and is being produced by Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff (“Homeland”) as well as Craig Wright (“Lost”). Production on the series is supposed to begin this summer, but no air date or cast members have been announced. Deadline reports that the show has received a commitment from FX and is expected to be greenlit as a series.
Lee is currently serving as a juror at the Cannes Film Festival, alongside Oscar winners Steven Spielberg and Nicole Kidman.