HBO picks up new Joss Whedon Victorian sci-fi TV series 'The Nevers'
Joss Whedon is continuing his return to television. Last month it was announced that the Buffy The Vampire Slayer showrunner will executive produce female-centric detective series Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective. And now Deadline has confirmed Whedon will write, direct and act as showrunner on sci-fi drama The Nevers.
US cable giant HBO has picked up The Nevers, which Deadline has described as 'epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world'. This will be the first TV series Joss Whedon has run since Dollhouse was cancelled in 2010.
HBO president of programming Casey Bloys made the following statement:
“We have long been fans of the incredibly talented and prolific Joss Whedon and we can’t think of a better project than The Nevers with which to welcome him to the HBO family.
"We look forward to meeting the strange, multifaceted characters of THE NEVERS, to learn their stories, see them in action and share them with our viewers. We’re honored that Joss chose HBO as the place to build his ambitious new world and we are excited to get started.”
Whedon also added:
“I honestly couldn’t be more excited. The Nevers is maybe the most ambitious narrative I’ve created, and I can’t imagine a better home for it than HBO. Not only are they the masters of cinematic long-form, but their instant understanding of my odd, intimate epic was as emotional as it was incisive. It’s been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world, and the HBO team offer not just scope and experience, not just ‘prestige,’ but a passionate collaboration. I could go on, but – I’m impatiently grateful to say – I have work to do.”