Life Of Pi Director Ang Lee To Helm FX TV Pilot Tyrant

Ang Lee accepts the Best Director award for 'Life of Pi' onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 24, 2013 -- Getty Images

Ang Lee is making the leap from big screen glory to small screen pilot.

The "Life of Pi" director will make his television directorial debut directing the pilot episode of FX's "Tyrant" - the story of an "unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation," FX Networks announced in a statement on Thursday.

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The Academy Award-winner (for Best Director) will be joined by producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff ("Homeland"), as well as writer/producer Craig Wright ("Lost," "Six Feet Under").

"The fact that the brilliant Ang Lee has signed on to direct his first project for television speaks to the extraordinary nature of 'Tyrant,'" Bert Salke, President of Fox 21 (which will produce the show) said of the news. "Ang Lee, Gideon Raff, Craig Wright and Howard Gordon are master storytellers at the height of their powers, and the material is incredible."

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Adding, "We can't wait to get started."

Production on "Tyrant" is tentatively slated to begin this summer.

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