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What’s Next for Ang Lee, From FX’s ‘Tyrant’ to Eyeing Moses and ‘Cleopatra’

What's Next for Ang Lee, From FX's 'Tyrant' to Eyeing Moses and 'Cleopatra'

Fresh off his Oscar win as Best Director for “Life of Pi,” Ang Lee is fielding a number of potential and solidified upcoming projects. News comes today that the Taiwanese-born director is being eyed to helm Warner Bros.’ Moses biopic “Gods and Kings,” now that Steven Spielberg has dropped out.

Lee is reportedly “intrigued” by the possibility of taking on the project. It is co-penned by Stuart Hazeldine and Michael Green, and follows Moses from infancy through the Ten Commandments. 

Lee is also circling “Cleopatra,” a film that David Fincher was previously attached to–Lee was looking forward to examining Eric Roth’s script based on Stacy Schiff’s authentic best-selling biography at awards time–which has Angelina Jolie set to star in the eponymous role. 

Meanwhile, Lee is set to direct the pilot of “Tyrant,” a new series for FX, centering on an American family drawn into the crosshairs of Middle Eastern political unrest. It is produced by Gideon Raff, of “Homeland” executive producing fame. FX nabbing Lee is a big score for the channel, but as the Washington Post points out, “Life of Pi” was distributed by the FX’s parent company, News Corp.’s Fox.

The range of these projects is yet another indication that Lee is a director always willing to try something new, as evidenced by his foray into 3-D with “Life of Pi,” which also won the visual effects Oscar. During that production, Lee liked working in Taiwan; he may very well look to Asia again for film locations and funds, like his Hong Kong contemporary John Woo.

“Life of Pi” hit DVD this week (Fox provides impressive how-they-did-it videos here.) Our TOH! interview with Lee is here, and our Q & A with his Oscar-worthy below-the-line team here.

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