How did you come up with the idea for Believe?
Well, first of all, I wanted to do something in which people were not floating! That was the point of departure and then, from then on, everything just came together very simply. I wanted to do something more grounded, and we wanted to do it with real people, real locations. When I came up with the idea, I start working on the idea, and I have less elements that end up being in the pilot. And you start throwing, ?What if this? What if that?? And everything starts just taking shape.
Is it different to anything you?ve done before?
I wanted to do something really exciting, but, at the same time, something that would be highly emotional. And this idea of having a girl that has a mystery and put it together with this other character, that they are like an odd couple that is this - that starts turning into this father-daughter relationship that is not - that is not easy. But through that, I think it?s about the idea of healing. And so I mentioned that to J.J., and he got very excited.
How did you end up working with J.J. Abrams?
I?ve known J.J. Abrams for a number of years and we?ve always talked about doing something together, whether it be in films or all kind of projects.
Weren?t you a bit busy working on your own film though?
I found myself in a moment in Gravity in which I had a window waiting for the endless process of visual effects. And I wanted to do something, you know? And I thought I didn?t have the time to make a film in that time, but maybe it would be great to do a TV show. It was the perfect moment to try to put together a TV show. And I talked to J.J. and said, ?Hey, I have this idea.? He got excited immediately. And it?s just like that.
What?s he like to work with?
Working with J.J., you throw an idea, he throws it back. And everything starts to flow, and you start seeing the possibilities of the whole thing.