The announcement comes after a previous Lee-NBC project about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina fell through, Zap2it.com reported.
Lee will direct a drama pilot about an unlikely candidate who becomes the mayor of New York City. NBC announced last summer that it would work with Lee to develop a series, "NoLa," a drama about a cross-section of New Orleans residents putting their lives together following Katrina.
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]
Polly Bergen, Emmy Award-winning actress, dies