EXCLUSIVE: In his U.S. TV debut, Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala) will direct the pilot for FX’s drama pilot The Bridge. Written by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid based on the Scandinavian series Bron, the project centers on two detectives from the United States and Mexico who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border after a dead body is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez. Shine America co-produces with FX Prods.

Naranjo became a hot Hollywood commodity after directing Mexico’s 2012 Oscar submission Miss Bala, about an innocent teenager who heads to the Mexican border city of Tijuana and inadvertently gets caught up in a violent drug war on her way to compete in the Miss Baja California beauty pageant. He is attached to direct a J. Mills Goodloe-scripted adaptation of the Charles Martin novel The Mountain Between Us for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment, which has Michael Fassbender starring. CAA-repped Naranjo also recently closed a deal to direct A Man Must Die for Focus Features.