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OTRC: Ang Lee backs out of his first TV pilot, 'Tyrant'

Ang Lee talks to OTRC.com on Jan. 10, 2013 after receiving an Oscar nomination for 'The Impossible.'

Ang Lee, who won an Oscar for his 2012 film "Life of Pi," was set to take on his first small-screen project -- but now, the director is stepping back.

Lee, 58, was announced to be the director of a new FX television series, "Tyrant," which was set to be about an unassuring family drawn into the affairs of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. On May 21, it was announced that the director has canceled those plans.

"It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I've seen and one about which I was very excited," Lee said in a statement, obtained by Reuters.

"However, after spending over four years making and promoting 'Life of Pi,' I have recently realized that I need some rest," he said.

The director, who won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing for the critically-acclaimed adventure film, was set to mark his first foray into television with the drama series.

Production on "Tyrant" was tentatively slated to begin this summer, according to an announcement in March, and casting has yet to be announced.

The show was created by Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff of "Homeland," and is produced by Fox 21 and FX Productions. According to Reuters, FX had no immediate comment.

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