Howard Gordon is keeping himself busy. Hot off of last week’s news that the longtime 24 executive producer is teaming up with Glee creator Ryan Murphy for a new Fox series comes word of another Gordon project: a psychological thriller tentatively titled Homeland.
Showtime is reportedly close to greenlighting Gordon’s Homeland, based on the Israeli series Hatufim, also known as Prisoners of War. According to Deadline, The Town director Ben Affleck is circling the project as a possible directing vehicle.
Homeland tells the story of an American soldier who is rescued from Afghanistan after ten years of captivity. As he returns home to a hero’s welcome, a female CIA operative receives a disturbing tip from an informant that the recovered soldier has been turned by his captors and is “the tip of the spear, leading the next big strike against the American homeland,” according to Gordon. The American soldier and the CIA operative are the two leads of the series, which Gordon describes as combining “some of the suspense elements of the thriller genre but it also has a wonderful family drama at the center of it.”
Gordon and fellow 24 veteran Alex Gansa co-wrote the project alongside Gideon Raff, the creator of the original series that Homeland is based on.