Visionary director Alfonso Cuarón was supposed to have a new film come out this year (his first since Children of Men), but Warner Bros. pushed the ridiculously enticing Gravity to 2013 to allow for more post-production work on the effects heavy sci-fi feature. As such, we likely won’t be seeing a new Cuarón property until awards season of next year, but the director isn’t content to just sit idle in the meantime. The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director has committed to produce and direct a new supernatural TV series for NBC alongside the unendingly prolific J.J. Abrams. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
Per Deadline, Cuarón will team with Abrams on an untitled high-concept drama at NBC. The network has made a pilot production commitment to the project, and Cuarón is onboard to direct and co-write the pilot with Mark Friedman (Home of the Brave). Though most Abrams-produced series remain a secret until the last possible moment, we actually have a pretty descriptive logline regarding the new show: “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.”
This isn’t Cuarón’s first foray into television, as he previously directed an episode of the neo-noir Showtime series Fallen Angels and helmed a few episodes of the 1980s Mexican anthology series La Hora Marcada. Cuarón is undoubtedly one of the great filmmakers working today, and it’s incredibly exciting to see him making his stamp on the TV world. The current “Golden Age” of TV is a storytelling haven, and Cuarón’s sensibilities will make an extremely welcome addition.