Michael Cuesta is set to direct Fox drama pilot Frankenstein, written and executive produced by Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich and executive produced byHomeland and Tyrant executive producer Howard Gordon. This marks a reunion for Gordon and Cuesta, who also directed the pilot for Homeland and served as an executive producer on the Showtime drama’s first two seasons.
Described as a grounded sci-fi drama that takes inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of a man brought back to life by scientists playing god, Frankenstein centers on Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose.
20th Century Fox TV and Gordon’s studio-based Teakwood Lane Prods. produce. For WME-repped Cuesta, the gig stems from his overall deal at 20th TV. His pilot directing credits also include Dexter, Blue Bloods and Elementary. On the genre side, Cuesta helmed the two incarnations of the zombie drama pilot Babylon Fields.