Ang Lee branches out to television

The Oscar-winning director is working on his first television pilot

Published March 15, 2013 1:53PM (EDT)

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, whose film "Life of Pi" took home four Oscars this year, is transitioning from to television for a project with FX called "Tyrant." The BBC reports:

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

Shooting for the show on US cable channel FX will begin this summer.

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

"Ang Lee has demonstrated time and again an ability to present characters with such depth and specificity that they reveal the universal human condition," FX president John Landgraf said in a statement.

Bert Salke, president of production studio Fox 21, said, "The fact that the brilliant Ang Lee has signed on to direct his project for television speaks to the extraordinary nature of 'Tyrant.' "

By Prachi Gupta

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