Variety is reporting that Paramount Network is developing a cross-border drama series called Coyote, with Michael Chiklis attached to star and executive produce.
Coyote follows Ben Clemens who, on the day of his mandatory retirement from the United States Border Patrol, discovers an illicit tunnel used to mainline black market goods into the United States from Mexico. This soon puts Clemens in the crosshairs of the criminal mastermind he’s spent his career trying to destroy.
Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land, spoke with Deadline about the project, saying:
It’s a part tailor-made for him [Michael Chiklis]; it’s a really complex character. He’s a border patrol agent, and he is forced into retirement, and then he gets sucked into all sides of that world, the drug cartels in Mexico, the human trafficking and the authorities on the U.S. side.
The deeper he goes into that world, he discovers more complicated, sometimes dark and nefarious characters. It’s almost like a Breaking Good in a way, because the more he gets sucked into those worlds, the more he gets in touch with his own humanity and keeps evolving as a better person.
It just feels like a very relatable, timely world to explore, but in a way that both has broad appeal, but is more challenging and more rewarding for someone who would invest their time in it where you can go really deep with character and exploring all of the nuances of what it means to be human.
Coyote is being written by Josh Gilbert, Michael Carnes and David Graziano, who will also be serving as executive producers alongside Michelle MacLaren, who is also attached to direct the project. Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg will also be executive producing. MacLaren Entertainment, Dark Horse Enterainment and Sony Pictures Television will be producing.