So FX had their blockbuster feature film director, Ang Lee, pull out of their upcoming drama pilot last month due to personal reasons. How do they respond? Well, by bringing aboard another blockbuster feature film director, of course!
David Yates, director of the final four films in the record-breaking 'Harry Potter' film franchise, has signed on to helm the pilot for 'Tyrant' at FX. Yates is amidst the filming and development of two other highly anticipated feature films--'Tarzan' & 'St. Nazaire'--but is taking time out of his busy schedule to direct a television pilot. Part of his desire to take the project undoubtedly stems from the fact that 'Tyrant' is the latest offering from 'Homeland' executive producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff. 'Homeland' took the television world by storm and it makes sense that people would be clamboring to get involved with Gordon & Raff's follow-up project.
'Tyrant' comes with the following description: "An unassuming American family is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation." As there is no cast attached to the project yet, there remains little reason to see 'Tyrant' as anything other than Homeland-but-for-FX, but Raff--who wrote the pilot--has proven successful enough that we can be optimistic about this show.
'Tyrant' is being produced by Fox 21 and the pilot is slated to film in Morocco. Although 'Tyrant' remains only a pilot, all signs point to FX picking up the show and committing to a series order. It would be a shock if the 'Tyrant' pilot were to be passed over.
British director Yates helmed the miniseries 'State of Play' which was later adapted into an American feature film starring Russell Crowe. Yates was also nominated for an Emmy Award for the HBO movie 'The Girl in the Cafe.'