By Jack Rico
Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón has teamed up with powerhouse director J.J. Abrams to do a TV show for NBC titled – BELIEVE – and we now have the trailer courtesy of /Film. It’s a leaked trailer and not NBC “leaked” from what it seems.
Cuarón just finished work on Gravity, one of the most ambitious movies in the history of film for its 3D work and directorial style. Film will be released October 4th. Abrams on his end just scored a #1 film with Star Trek Into Darkness co-starring Zoe Saldana.
The pairing has given way to an hourlong sci-fi drama presented at this year’s upfront about a young superpowered girl (Johnny Sequoyah) and the death row inmate (Jake McLaughlin) broken out of jail to protect her.
Cuarón wrote and directed the pilot, and will serve as executive producer alongside Abrams. What we gathered from the TV trailer is that it’s a bit subdued, perhaps due to the quality of the trailer, but at least we have something to see. I’m working on getting a more hi-def version from the NBC folks. The show will debut sometime during the 2013-2014 season.
Here’s the official synopsis: Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, even predict the future… since she was two years old, Bo has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger, and the threat has grown more dangerous.
With her life and future now in jeopardy, the “Believers” turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. That is, once they break him out of jail. Tate, a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will, is initially reluctant – until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are… and who they may become.
Tate and Bo begin their journey, one in which trust must be earned. Traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. But they’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power… because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever.
The powers of a young girl may hold the fate of our world in “Believe,” from executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Revolution,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”) and executive producer/writer/director Alfonso Cuarón (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men”). One-hour drama.