EXCLUSIVE: Hot off directing the pilot for Showtime’s acclaimed new drama series Homeland, which he also executive produces, Michael Cuesta has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, which starts immediately and runs through June 1, 2013, Cuesta will direct and executive produce the studio’s contemporary Sherlock Holmes drama pilot Elementary. He will also develop for next season, probably with his brother Gerald Cuesta, with whom he did the cult 2007 CBS/20th TV zombie pilot Babylon Fields. Michael Cuesta will likely write a pilot, which he will direct if greenlighted. If not, he will helm another pilot for CBS TV Studios next season. The overall deal won’t interfere with Cuesta’s duties on Homeland, on which he will continue as executive producer and primary director at least through Season 2. Cuesta recently received a DGA nomination for helming the pilot of the Golden Globe-winning series.
The pact reunites WME-repped Cuesta with CBS TV Studios after he directed the pilot for the studio’s CBS drama series Blue Bloods. He also directed the pilot of another hit series, Showtime’s Dexter. Elementary is described as a modern take on the cases of the pipe-smoking private eye created by Arthur Conan Doyle, with Sherlock now living in New York City. Veteran Medium writer-producer Doherty wrote the script and is executive producing with Cuesta, Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly.