Having dabbled with superheroes on The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Justice League, Joss Whedon is returning to the small screen for his first series since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with HBO granting a series pickup to The Nevers, a new sci-fi drama from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly creator.
Deadline reports that HBO won a competitive bidding war for the project, which is described as “an 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.”
“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,” said HBO president of programming Casey Bloys. “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.”
“I honestly couldn’t be more excited,” added Whedon. “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.”
Whedon is set to serve as writer, director, executive producer and showrunner on The Nevers. As yet, there’s no word on a potential timeframe for when we can expect the show.