Top team for Be­lieve se­ries

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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.

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