On the heels of the robot police drama that was recently sold to FOX, another television project produced by JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot production company has been snatched up.
This time, the ubiquitous producer/director has joined forces with Academy Award nominated director Alfonso Cuarón on a high-concept drama that has been given a pilot production commitment by NBC. The as-yet-untitled project centers on a girl who was born with a gift and possesses great powers that will come into their own in seven years. Adding to the story is a man who escapes from prison in order to protect her from those with less-than-noble intentions who would hunt her down.
Making his first incursion into American network television, Cuarón will direct the pilot and also co-write with Mark Friedman (Home of the Brave). The Mexican-born filmmaker previously received Oscar nominations for the screenplays he wrote for 2001's Y Tu Mamá También and 2006's Children Of Men, both of which he also directed quite masterfully. He also helmed 2004's Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and has a science-fiction space drama called Gravity due to be released next year.
In addition to this project and the android buddy-cop series in development at FOX, Bad Robot has three shows currently on the air including new NBC drama Revolution, sophomore hit Person Of Interest on CBS, and FOX's departing sci-fi favorite Fringe.
With the gifted duo of Alfonso Cuarón and JJ Abrams behind an intriguing high-concept series, it's hard to see how this could go wrong. What do you think?