Showtime President David Nevins has just greenlit his first pilot. Homeland, starring Claire Danes (Temple Grandin) and loosely based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli television series Prisoners of War, will be a new hour-long drama on the premium cable network. Homeland comes from executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa (24, X-Files) and will be directed by Michael Cuesta (Dexter, True Blood, Blue Blood). The series will begin production in January of 2011. Casting for the male lead of Sergeant Scott Brody has yet to be announced.
“Claire is an amazing actress with an intense and varied body of work,” said Nevins in making the announcement. “We feel incredibly lucky to have drawn someone of her talent and accomplishment to what promises to be an extremely important project for us.”HOMELAND, which was written by Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Gideon Raff, centers on an American soldier taken prisoner during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Left for dead, the soldier miraculously returns to the U.S. after years in captivity. Danes plays Carrie Anderson, a driven CIA officer battling her own psychological demons, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to his re-capture was a setup and that this national hero may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.
The pilot marks the first from David Nevins since he assumed the post of President of Entertainment for SHOWTIME Networks Inc. last August. Additionally, HOMELAND reunites Nevins with Gordon and Gansa, who previously worked together on 24 during Nevins tenure as head of television at Imagine Entertainment.
Claire Danes won critical acclaim for her role this past year in the HBO biopic “Temple Grandin” for which she won an Emmy® Award. Prior to that, television audiences remember Danes in her Golden Globe®-winning role in the hit series “My So-Called Life.” Danes’ many film roles include “The Hours,” “Me and Orson Welles,” “Stardust,” and “Evening.”
The pilot will be produced by FOX 21.