Cuesta to Direct Fox’s Sci-Fi Drama Pilot “Frankenstein”

Michael Cuesta is a Frank man…

The 51-year-old film and television director is set to helm the Fox drama pilot Frankenstein

Michael Cuesta

Written and executive produced by Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich and executive produced by Homeland and Tyrant executive producer Howard Gordon, the project is 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.

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.

20th Century Fox Television and Gordon’s studio-based Teakwood Lane Prods. produce.

For Cuesta, the gig stems from his overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. 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.

Good to Star in NBC’s Drama Pilot “Babylon Fields”

Death becomes Meagan Good

The 32-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress, who appears in the recently released first trailer for Think Like a Man Too, has landed a role in NBC’s drama pilot Babylon Fields.

Meagan Good

From Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta and Michael Atkinson, the project was originally developed and piloted at CBS seven years ago,

It centers on a town where residents come back from the dead.

Good, who starred inn NBC’s Deception, will portray Janine Beltran, a local doctor with an edge to her.

She most recently appeared on the big screen in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Cuesta to Adapt British Cop Drama “Second Sight” for CBS

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.

Michael Cuesta

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 CBSBlue Bloods and Elementary.