Two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee is as eccentric as he is brilliant, finding new challenges in the most bizarre projects. “Sense and Sensibility” was his first (relatively) high-profile English-speaking movie, which he chose to follow with “The Ice Storm” and “Ride with the Devil” (bet you didn’t remember those two, did you?).
Lee’s chef d’oeuvre, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, brought him his first Academy Award, but just when we thought he made it into the A-list, he went on and directed the terrible “Hulk” (yep, the one with Eric Bana).
“Brokeback Mountain” put the Taiwan-born filmmaker on the map once again, but he chose to follow it with another dud – “Taking Woodstock”. Which bring us to 2012’s “Life of Pi”, another masterpiece that tied “Crouching Tiger” at the number of total Oscar wins.
I’m sure you’ll have noticed a pattern by now, so you won’t be terribly surprised to hear Ang Lee’s first project after “Pi” will be… a TV pilot. For FX. We’re not saying this is bound to be a dud, but it’s obviously the kind of under the radar choice that Lee likes to challenge himself with once every few years.
The show will be called Tyrant and will supposedly tell the story of “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” There’s nothing to report on casting for now, but Lee is on board to executive produce as well, alongside Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff (Homeland) and Craig Wright (Lost). Huh, that actually sounds nice!
Via [Hollywood Reporter]