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.
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.