NBC picks up Believe

9 May
Photo credit: Eric Liebowitz/NBC

Photo credit: Eric Liebowitz/NBC

Variety reports: Believe is among the first round of shows NBC officially ordered this morning, “in preparation for its fall presentation to advertisers Monday.” If you recall, we first heard about the Abrams-Cuarón pilot commitment in September:

It is about a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.

Today, NBC released the first image (above) from the production, featuring protagonists Bo (Johnny Sequoyah, left) and her protector Tate (Jake McLaughlin, right), and the following 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).

The pilot – co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Friedman – was shot on location in New York City over the month of March under Cuarón’s direction. No word yet on whether Cuarón will be staying on after the pilot, or even whether the pilot will be aired as the series premiere.

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