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FX Takes Rights to 'Homeland' Team's Next Drama Series, 'Tyrant'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 10, 2012 at 1:38PM

FX has scooped up the rights and ordered a pilot for "Tyrant," the next project from "Homeland" executive producing team Gideon Raff and Howard Gordon. Like "Homeland," "Tyrant" has Middle Eastern themes, centering on an American family accidentally caught up in the political turbulence of the region.
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Gideon Raff, far left, Howard Gordon, center, and Alex Gansa, right, win the Best Drama Emmy for "Homeland"
Gideon Raff, far left, Howard Gordon, center, and Alex Gansa, right, win the Best Drama Emmy for "Homeland"

FX has scooped up the rights and ordered a pilot for "Tyrant," the next project from "Homeland" executive producing team Gideon Raff and Howard Gordon. Like "Homeland," "Tyrant" has Middle Eastern themes, centering on an American family accidentally caught up in the political turbulence of the region.

Given the critical and ratings success of "Homeland," for which Showtime has wisely already ordered a third season, the battle for "Tyrant" was fraught with competition, with HBO and Showtime also vying for rights.

Production at FX is set to begin in the spring. Raff, whose Israeli series "Prisoners of War" was the source material for "Homeland," is set to pen the pilot.

In September, "Homeland" won Emmys for Best Actress (Claire Danes), Best Actor (Damian Lewis) and Best Series, all in the Dramatic category. Danes also won a Golden Globe for her role as bright but clinically unstable CIA officer Carrie Matthison.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.