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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 15, 2013 at 2:49PM

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.
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Oscars 2013 Ang Lee

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. 

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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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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.