Comic-Con 2013: ‘Believe’ Trailer from J.J. Abrams & Alfonso Cuarón

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Alfonso Cuarón found himself pulling double-duty at Comic Con 2013, as the highly-regarded director first showed off some stunning footage of the upcoming harrowing space-drama Gravity (starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney), but he also popped in at the end of NBC’s Revolution panel to surprise the audience with an eye-catching trailer for the new TV series Believe, which he co-created with writer Mark Friedman (The Forgotten, Home of the Brave).

The opening of the trailer is top-notch. It was cut from the Cuarón-directed pilot episode and features a great example of his signature style in the form of a remarkably fluid and lengthy opening shot that nimbly moves around a very confined space – which in this case happens to be an automobile carrying Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a young girl with extraordinary abilities, around whom the entire plot of the series unfolds.

Aside from the spectacular opening sequence, the trailer also manages to break down the series’ conceit fairly well, while also introducing the main players. In this case, that means Delroy Lindo (Get Shorty, Up) as a mysterious man called Winter who recruits a death row inmate named Tate (Jake McLaughlin, Warrior and Safe House) to protect Bo from a secret organization that wants to exploit the girl for their own undoubtedly nefarious purposes.

Sandra Bullock in Gravity1 Comic Con 2013: Believe Trailer from J.J. Abrams & Alfonso Cuarón

Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’

The idea of a convict formerly awaiting execution paired with a bright young girl with seemingly supernatural powers will no doubt make for an interesting match-up, but it also looks like it may be precariously perched on the edge of a storyline ripe for some familiarly sentimental elements – like the kind that bogged down Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch during its short run on FOX.

But given the fact that Friedman recently exited the series along with actress Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil: Retribution) amidst some storyline retooling that will see Bo being hunted by a series of assassins, rather than one long-term nemesis, perhaps the powers that be at NBC are more interested in seeing the series focus more on the fantasy-adventure elements than anything else.

Right now, the trailer looks visually promising, but questions of how well (or if) the series will be able to maintain that unique look and style in subsequent episodes are likely already surfacing. At any rate, we’ll have to wait until sometime next year to find out how Believe will pan out.


Believe will premiere sometime in 2014 on NBC.

Source: Indiewire, The Hollywood Reporter & Deadline

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  1. looks promising but if Nbc has already started messing with it it will suck

  2. Loved Children of Men, very much looking forward to this.

  3. What’s series of assaisins instead of one big? Is it gonna be procedural or serialized? I ain’t even giving the pilot a chance, if it’s some dumb procedural TV show again.

  4. We need to be a tad careful here. J.J is starting to resemble Stephen King in the 80’s…

    “Give us an idea for a TV show, J.J.”
    “(whilst sitting on the toilet) A future where there is no toilet paper?”
    “Sold. Have a cheque!”

    Just because someone is that latest thing over there doesn’t mean they crap gold.

  5. Not to sound sexist or anything but it would be nice to see an adult woman in the role of parental protector for once. This dynamic seems to be popping up recently and it’s always a grown man and little girl

  6. Wow, that opening sequence IS cool as hell….I’ll watch that pilot.

  7. I extremely enjoyed the trailer. I have high hopes but with NBC’s track record, I’m not so sure how far this show can go. I can only hope that the show is as good as the trailer portrays and that NBC then keeps the show and doesn’t cancel it….like they always do.

    Just btw, does anyone know if the song played in the background is an actual ‘song’ or just part of the shows soundtrack

    • Kelly Sweet – In The Air Tonight

      • Bless you for answering that. I have been searching all over the internet.

  8. Can any one tell me who sings the song at the end and what the song is called on the tv believe. thanks Allan

  9. Who sings the song from the first episode “life doesn’t wait for long” from this show does anyone know???
    She thought the girls name was senga
    But it was Agnes what song is she singing in the hospital room dieing to hear it.

    • Hi There, Finally found the answer. The song is an unreleased single called The Long Way Home and it was written for the show by Australian singer Lenka Kirpac. If you google Lenka The Long Way Home there are a few rather poor quality recordings of her performing it live. hope this helps you??

  10. Does anyone know who sings the song in the previews?

    It goes oh oh oh and there are violins playing.

  11. Hi there, you would have to send me the link to web page so I could have a listen for you.