Naranjo to Direct FX’s Drama Pilot “The Bridge”

Gerardo Naranjo is crossing the bridge into American television…

The 40-year-old Mexican filmmaker will direct the pilot for FX’s drama pilot The Bridge.

Gerardo Naranjo

Based on the Scandinavian series Bron, the project centers on two detectives from the United States and Mexico who have to 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.

Naranjo rose to acclaim after directing the critically acclaimed feature Miss Bala, Mexico’s 2012 Oscar submission, which centers on 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.

Naranjo is attached to direct the film adaptation of the Charles Martin novel The Mountain Between Us for 20th Century Fox, which will star Michael Fassbender.

He also recently closed a deal to direct A Man Must Die for Focus Features.

Naranjo to Direct “A Man Must Die”

Gerardo Naranjo’s stock in Hollywood continues to rise…

The 40-year-old Mexican filmmaker has just inked a deal with Focus Features to direct A Man Must Die.

Gerardo Naranjo

Naranjo—who helmed Miss Bala, Mexico’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission—wrote the script for the project. The film is described as a political thriller comparable to the critically acclaimed Carlos.

The news comes as 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment continue to develop the film adaptation of Charles Martin’s novel The Mountain Between Us for Naranjo to direct, with Michael Fassbender attached to star.

Naranjo May Soon Direct His First Big Studio Film…

He’s gained critical acclaim for helming Mexico’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission, Miss Bala… And, now Gerardo Naranjo could be directing his first big studio film.

Gerardo Naranjo

The Mexican filmmaker is currently in negotiations with 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment to helm The Mountain Between Us—an adaptation of the Charles Martin novel, a harrowing tale of survival and love.

The Mountain Between Us

It centers on Ashley, a writer catching a flight from Salt Lake City for her wedding on the East Coast. Meanwhile, Ben is a doctor returning from a medical conference. When their flight cancelled due to a broken de-icer, the strangers agree to charter a ride, only to see the pilot suffer a heart attack and crash into a desolate snowy mountain region. Fortunately, Ben is an avid climber who works to get her down the mountain. As the injured pair struggle to get down from the mountain in harsh weather conditions, Ashley begins to realize that maybe she was preparing to marry the wrong guy.

Naranjo is coming off the success of Miss Bala, an intense and riveting thriller about an innocent beauty queen who gets caught up in the Mexican drug wars.