Though the pilot for the potential FX drama series Tyrant was dealt a blow when Ang Lee backed out of the director’s chair over understandable concerns that he was too exhausted following the production, release, and awards run of Life of Pi, another exciting filmmaker has stepped in as his replacement. THR reports that David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter films to great success, has stepped in to direct the pilot for Tyrant. Developed by Homeland showrunner/executive producer Howard Gordon, Tyrant centers on an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation.
The move comes as Yates has had some trouble firming up his post-Potter project. He initially flirted with the low-key drama Your Voice In My Head before ultimately leaving that project, and most recently Yates has been developing a Tarzan reboot at Warner Bros. starring Alexander Skarsgard. WB recently put the brakes on Tarzan due to budget concerns and it’s unknown when/if the project might get going again, but Tyrant makes for an exciting directorial choice for Yates in the meantime.