Two producers of Showtime's 'Homeland' have sold a new drama to FX.
'Tyrant' will focus on an American family that is drawn into the interworkings of a Middle Eastern country in turmoil. The series was hotly bided on by a number of cable stations, with FX finally winning out.
Gideon Raff, the creator and writer of Israeli series 'Hatufim,' which inspired 'Homeland,' has already written the script for the pilot episode. Howard Gordon and Craig Wright (Six Feet Under, Lost) developed 'Homeland' for Showtime and all three men will serve as executive producers on the new series. If it is ordered to series, Wright will serve as the show runner.
"The brilliant and wholly original concept just blew us all away. It’s pretty amazing when you read a script and can instantly imagine it becoming one of the best shows on television. We’re grateful to the producers for choosing to bring it to FX and look forward to continuing our partnership with our friends at Fox 21,” said FX's executive VP original programming Nick Grad.
“Tyrant is exactly the type of project we aim to do at Fox 21 – working with extremely talented writer/creators to create provocative material with big, breakout characters and themes. This script has excited everyone who’s read it and it’s particularly gratifying to be back working with FX, with whom we have had such a successful partnership on the fantastic Sons of Anarchy," said Fox 21 President Bert Salke.
Gordon has now sold five broadcast projects in the last few months, two of which have involved fellow 'Homeland' executive producers.