What Does This Mysterious New J.J. Abrams Video Tell Us, If Anything?

Bad Robot just released a teaser video through their Twitter account, simply titled “Stranger.”

Is this a Star Wars Episode VII teaser? It does begin with a field of stars… Or does it have something to do with Abrams’ most well-known TV property Lost? The music is certainly evocative of the early ’00s show. Hell, maybe it’s even something to do with Star Trek 3.

Watch the video yourself:

After careful Sherlock-style deduction involving nicotine patches and mind palaces, we think this is a teaser for Believe, a new NBC show that Abrams is producing which will debut in early 2014. NBC’s own synopsis reveals the show as a superpowered-savior-on-the-run drama:

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.

The footage in the teaser appears to be showing Tate succeeding in an Alcatraz-esque escape from prison. He emerges from the water, tears off ropes that are bound around his wrists, and gazes up at what seem like helicopter lights.

While we had hoped that this was perhaps some footage from The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling’s never-seen final screenplay The Stop Along The Way, which Abrams acquired earlier this year, the timing and imagery in the teaser match up closest with Believe, which cast its principals back in March and began filming a few months later (now, essentially).

Believe arrives shortly after Almost Human, another Abrams project, debuts on Fox. With these two shows, Revolution, and the Star Wars and Star Trek movies in his hands, Abrams is going to be inescapable in the coming years. Tell your god to ready for blood.

[UPDATE 8/20: It’s for a book!]

[via Coming Soon]


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