Last month, we reported on Oscar-award winning director Ang Lee’s departure from the highly anticipated FX pilot, Tyrant. Lee side-stepped his television directorial debut to take a much needed break after his extensive four years of work on Life of Pi. Now it appears that Tyrant can once again start moving forward with production, as Harry Potter director David Yates is slated to take over.
As The Wrap reports, David Yates was recently announced as Ang Lee’s replacement for the upcoming FX series created by Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under’s Craig Wright. Yates is best known for his work on the last four Potter films but, unlike Lee, this won’t be Yates’ first foray in television as the director was nominated for an Emmy in 2005 for the HBO film, The Girl in the Café.
Tyrant follows the story of an American family who finds themselves wrapped up in the inner-workings of an unstable Middle Eastern nation following the death of the country’s dictator. With Gordon and Raff’s work on the gritty, post-9/11 thriller Homeland combined with Yates’ implementation of darker, mature themes found in the last few Potter films, Tyrant has a crew filled with high-profile names for this promising new series.