Just recently, director Ang Lee surprised many by signing on to helm the pilot for an FX drama series called Tyrant as his next project after winning the Best Director Oscar for last year’s Life of Pi. Now another talented filmmaker is delving into television following immense success in theaters, as Oz the Great and Powerful helmer Sam Raimi has agreed to direct the Fox drama pilot Rake. The potential hourlong series stars Greg Kinnear as a criminal defense lawyer who’s described as “brilliant, frustratingly charming, and [having] zero filter.” The pilot is based on an Australian comedic drama series of the same name, and is being executive produced by Peter Duncan and Peter Tolan (Rescue Me). Hit the jump for more.
Per Deadline, Raimi will direct the pilot and will serve as an executive producer on the show should Fox pick Rake up to series. This marks Raimi’s first time helming a television pilot, but he seems well suited to the show’s mix of comedy and drama. The filmmaker is coming off the box office success of Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which now stands at a worldwide total of $280.8 million after just a little over two weeks in theaters. The Mouse House is moving forward with a sequel, but Raimi has stated that he has no interest in directing the follow-up.
Raimi is only the latest “big time” filmmaker to make the leap to television, as David Fincher recently made his first foray into TV with the Netflix series House of Cards. Fincher directed the first two episodes of the show and serves as executive producer on the groundbreaking drama, which begins production on season two soon. Some of the best storytelling across any medium has been happening on television for quite some time now, and it’s exciting to see directors like Raimi, Fincher, and Lee bringing their talents to the small screen.