Harry Potter’s David Yates replaces Ang Lee as director of FX’s Tyrant pilot


Director of four Harry Potter movies, David Yates, will replace Ang Lee as the director of FX’s new drama pilot, Tyrant.

Yates has not only directed four movies for one of the most successful franchises of all time, but he’s also been behind various other TV shows such as State of Play, so if his previous work is anything to go by, the pilot will be amazing to say the least.

FX made a big song and dance last year over having Ang Lee on board as the director, but the two-time Oscar winning director had to pull out due to needing to take a time out.

At the time in a statement, he said: “It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited. However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest,” he said in a statement at the time.


The series pilot will be filmed this summer in Morocco and will be executively produced by Homeland’s Howard Gordon.

Gideon Raff wrote the pilot’s script, which is about an unassuming American Family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.

David Yates meanwhile was nominated for an Emmy for his work on HBO’s telepic, The Girl in the Café. Yates also directed the two-part conclusion to the Harry Potter series.


The series has been developed by Howard Gordon with Craig Wright, who has worked on Six Feet Under and will serve as showrunner.

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