Joss Whedon appears to have decided to try his hand at television once again. The director behind the first two Avengers films has been given a straight-to-series order at HBO for a new series called The Nevers.
The Nevers is said to follow a gang of Victorian women who discover they have unusual abilities and will need to embark on various missions against enemies to save the world.
Whedon says of the series, “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.” He went on to add, “Not only are they the masters of cinematic longform, 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.”
“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,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said. “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.”
A prolific creator, Whedon is best known for his long-running Buffy, the Vampire Slayer that aired for seven seasons on TV and has continued for years now in comic book form. His last new series for television was Fox’s Dollhouse. He then went to work with Marvel on the first two Avengers films, and then moved over to Warner Brothers to work on various DCEU projects. He was tapped to work on the Batgirl film, but ended up dropping out of the project, but he did wrap up production on the Justice League film after Zack Snyder had to drop out.
Whedon will serve as writer, director, exec producer and showrunner on The Nevers. No timeline was shared for production.