Citing fatigue, noted Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee has withdrawn from plans to direct the new U.S. cable drama Tyrant.
The 58-year-old filmmaker had been set to make his television debut by directing the pilot of the FX Network series this summer.
The new show, by Homeland creators Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, revolves around an American family drawn into the turmoil of a turbulent Middle East nation.
"It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I've seen and one about which I was very excited," Lee said in a statement.
"However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest."
The filmmaker has had a career filled with ambitious, eclectic and award-winning projects, from period dramas like Sense and Sensibility to genre films like Hulk and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to Oscar-winners Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi.
His 3D adaptation of Canadian Yann Martel's fantastical novel Life of Pi triumphed at the Academy Awards in February, taking four Oscars, including best director for Lee and original score for Canadian composer Mychael Danna. It has also earned more than $600 million US at cinemas worldwide.
Lee is currently attending the Cannes Film Festival in southern France as a member of the main competition jury.