Los Angeles: Oscar-winning director Ang Lee has pulled out of directing drama pilot `Tyrant` as he is exhausted after filming his 3D magnum opus `Life of Pi`.
The Taiwanese-American helmer committed to Howard Gordon`s high profile drama soon after winning a second best director Oscar for his India-set drama in February.
However, Lee, who has often compared his experience of filming the movie for over four years to its shipwrecked protagonist Pi`s journey of surviving the ocean, apparently too tired to proceed on anything new, the Deadline reported.
"It is with disappointment that I must confirm I have withdrawn from my commitment to direct the upcoming FX pilot Tyrant. 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. Because I cannot give 100 per cent to this exciting project at this time, I cannot allow myself to do anything that may affect the potential for this exciting new series," he added.
Lee, 58, is currently on the jury at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.