By Alison Willmore | Indiewire December 11, 2013 at 5:47PM
"Tyrant," a new drama from "Homeland" producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff (who created "Prisoners of War," the Israeli series on which the Showtime drama is based), has been greenlit to series by FX.
The project is a high profile one for the network, who announced it as in development a year ago and who briefly had Ang Lee attached to direct the pilot in his TV debut, before he bowed out in May. He was replaced by David Yates, who helmed the last few "Harry Potter" films, with Raff writing the pilot and Craig Wright ("Dirty Sexy Money") on board as executive producer and showrunner.
"Tyrant" is focused on Bassam "Barry" Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner of "Hunted"), the son of a Middle Eastern dictator who returns to his home country with his American wife and children after 20 years in the U.S., and is pulled back into turmoil of the familial and political nature. Production's slated to star in March in Tel Aviv with aims for a summer premiere. Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Noah Silver, Anne Winters, Fares Fares, Salim Daw, Justin Kirk, Jordana Spiro, Mehdi Dehbi and Alice Krige are also in the cast.
The series comes from Fox 21 and FX Productions, and was at the center of a bidding war before it was nabbed by FX.