Top team for Believe series
filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron and US producer and director JJ Abrams have received a pilot order from US network NBC for a new supernatural drama series, entertainment web site Deadline reports. The series is called Believe. Penned by Cuaron and Mark Friedman, it tells the story of the relationship between a girl with exceptional powers and a man who is ‘‘sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down’’, Deadline says. Cuaron, best known for his hit 2001 Mexican drama film Y Tu Mama Tambien ( And Your Mother Too ), for which he received a best original screenplay Oscar nomination, will direct the pilot episode and also executive produce along with Friedman, Abrams and Bryan Burk for Warner Bros TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot. The Mexican filmmaker also received Oscar nominations for best adapted screenplay and best editing for the 2006 film Children of Men . The search for an actress to play the lead role began in December. Abrams will be a busy bloke. Last week, Lucasfilm announced Abrams’ hiring for Star Wars: Episode VII, which has a tentative release date of 2015. Star Wars creator George Lucas personally endorsed Abrams in a statement: ‘‘I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.