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Citing fatigue, director Ang Lee leaves pilot of TV series 'Tyrant'

Director Ang Lee speaks in a news conference in Taipei, May 9, 2013. REUTERS/Yi-ting Chung
Director Ang Lee speaks in a news conference in Taipei, May 9, 2013. REUTERS/Yi-ting Chung

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar winner Ang Lee canceled his plans to direct the pilot of new U.S. television series "Tyrant," saying on Tuesday that he needed to rest after spending four years working on 3D fantasy-adventure film "Life of Pi."

Lee, 58, signed on to direct the pilot of the drama series for cable network FX in March, shortly after winning the Best Director Oscar for "Life of Pi."

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

"Tyrant" tells the story of an American family that is pulled into the workings of a restive Middle Eastern nation, and Lee was slated to begin filming the pilot this summer.

It would have been the Taiwanese-born director's first foray into television.

"Tyrant" is produced by Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, who also are producers on Showtime's Emmy-winning counter-terrorism thriller "Homeland."

FX, which did not immediately reply to messages seeking comment, is owned by Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of News Corp.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey, Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Philip Barbara)

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