Homeland’ Director To Helm Modern Sherlock Holmes Series On CBS

Michael Cuesta signs a large overall deal with the network to direct "Elementary" in addition to other projects.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Despite outcry from fans of the excellent BBC series "Sherlock," CBS is going full steam ahead with its own modern day Sherlock Holmes series, "Elementary." And now the so-called American Sherlock Holmes has a director.

According to Deadline, "Homeland" executive producer Michael Cuesta has signed on to direct the pilot episode of "Elementary" and executive produce the potential series as part of an overall deal with CBS said to be in seven figures.

Under the terms of the contract, Cuesta will also write, develop and potentially direct his own pilot for next year's development season, or he will direct another CBS pilot if his project is not ordered to pilot. Additionally, Cuesta will remain on "Homeland" for its second season. Screenwriter Rob Doherty is writing the "Elementary" script, with Sarah Timberman ("Unforgettable") and Carl Beverly ("A Gifted Man") attached as executive producers as well.

Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous literary creations of all time. The great detective is currently enjoying a resurgence of his enduring popularity thanks to the "Sherlock Holmes" feature films starring Robert Downey Jr. (pictured above) and Jude Law as well as the previously mentioned "Sherlock" starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson.

Fans of "Sherlock" have been particularly outspoken against "Elementary" here at Crave Online, particularly over word that the series will be largely Americanized and take place in New York City instead of Holmes' traditional London setting.

"Elementary" has not yet been cast, but it remains in contention for a slot on CBS' fall schedule. "Sherlock" Season 3 was recently announced by the BBC, but no date is currently set for its return. The second season of "Sherlock" will premiere in the United States on PBS in May.