FX is adding a new drama series to its roster from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff. The network announced today (via THR) that it has ordered Tyrant to series, scheduling it for a summer 2014 debut. The story revolves around an American family that is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, and producers aimed high when crafting the pilot. Ang Lee was initially signed on to direct the first episode, but he subsequently backed out citing exhaustion over the very long post-production and awards campaign process on Life of Pi. In his stead, producers nabbed Harry Potter director David Yates to helm the pilot.
Production on Tyrant will begin in earnest this coming March in Tel Aviv and the show will debut next summer alongside Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain. The cast for Tyrant includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, and Justin Kirk.
Here’s the latest small-screen casting news:
- Josh Gad (Jobs) will star opposite Billy Crystal in the cable pilot, The Comedians.
- Bex Taylor-Klaus (The Killing) has landed a role on the second season of the CW’s hit series Arrow.
- Adam Rayner (Hunted) will play the lead in the FX drama pilot, Tyrant, from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, and Six Feet Under producer Craig Wright.
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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.
A couple of updates out of the camp of FX pilots. Unfortunately, it looks like Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will be tapping out of production on the drama pilot Tyrant, citing exhaustion from filming and promoting Life of Pi. The story centers on an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation; Tyrant’s pilot may be shooting in Morocco. The search for a replacement is currently underway.
For more on what Lee had to say about his departure from the project and for casting information on Guillermo del Toro’s FX pilot, The Strain, hit the jump.
FX, home of Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and The Americans (which has already been picked up for a second season), just exploded with information about new spin-off channels, series renewals, new series and more, such as:
- FX has launched a new network, FXX, to appeal to a young adult set of viewers.
- Series renewals include Justified, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, with the latter three moving to FXX in 2014.
- Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell expands to a 5-nights-a week.
- FX orders a 10-episode limited series of Fargo.
- FX orders comedy pilots How and Why from Charlie Kaufman, and Chozen from Grant Dekernion, Danny McBride and the team behind Eastbound & Down.
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“So Ang Lee, you’ve won the Oscar for best director what are ya gonna do now?” “I’m going to direct and executive produce a TV show!” Once again cluing us all into just how the TV landscape has changed over the last fifteen years from second-tier to top notch storytelling, the Life Of Pi director is set to helm the pilot of Tyrant, a new show that is being set up at FX which will follow an American family caught amidst the inner workings of a Middle Eastern nation.
Hit the jump for the lowdown.