The small screen is the new big screen, y’all. Fresh off his Academy Award win for Best Director (Life Of Pi), Ang Lee is entering virgin territory. He’s creating his first-ever television series for the FX network, and he’ll be working with some of the folks who brought us Showtime‘s Homeland. Although I haven’t seen as many of his films as I so need to (Life Of Pi, I’m coming!!!), I’m still crazy excited about this project! Click inside to learn more.
The Hollywood Reporter has the deets:
Mere weeks after winning the Academy Award for best director, Ang Lee has signed on for his next act: television.
In a matter of months, the Life of Pi helmer will head to Morocco to direct the pilot for FX’s Tyrant, a drama project revolving around unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation from Homeland’s Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff and Lost’s Craig Wright. Although the offer was made before the Academy Awards — at that time, something of a pipe dream for the show’s producers — Lee didn’t express interest until after the Feb. 24 awards show in which he beat out rivals including Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) for the Oscar…
In making the leap, Lee will join a growing cadre of brand-name film directors who have waded into television, including Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire), Michael Mann (Luck) and Gus Van Sant (Boss)…
Casting on Tyrant has not yet begun, though sources close to the project suggest the series will rely heavily on Middle Eastern actors.
You can read more about the project here.
I think it’s really cool that Lee is trying something new here; good things often happen when great film directors turn to television so I’m expecting Tyrant to be pretty awesome.
Hopefully we’ll get some casting news soon, but I think it’s promising to hear that they’ll be using Middle Eastern actors for the necessary roles.