Michael Cuesta has some serious blind ambition that he’s bringing to the small screen…
The 49-year-old Latino filmmaker, who served as a director/executive producer of the Emmy-winning Homeland, has partnered with CSI executive producer/showrunner Carol Mendelsohn to develop and create Second Sight, a drama series based on the 2000 British television series of the same name starring Clive Owen.
Cuesta’s project—which has been set up at CBS through CBS Television Studios, where Cuesta signed an overall deal early this year—centers on a homicide detective going blind who turns his affliction into an advantage – using his heightened senses and intuition to solve crimes.
Cuesta is set to pen the adaptation with his brother Gerald Cuesta. The two previously teamed for another CBS drama project, the cult zombie pilot Babylon Fields, which Gerald co-wrote and Michael directed.
Cuesta is slated to direct Second Sight, which he is executive producing with Mendelsohn.
Cuesta recently picked up an Emmy for Homeland‘s best drama series win. He was also nominated for directing the pilot of the psychological thriller.
Cuesta has directed six episodes of Homeland so far, including the pilot, the second episode, the two-part first-season finale and the second season opener, which premiered on Sunday.
There are four series currently on the air whose pilots he directed: Showtime’s Homeland and Dexter and CBS’ Blue Bloods and Elementary.