Per Cinemablend, writer/director Joss Whedon is leaving the upcoming The Nevers series at HBO, which he was previously executive producing and showrunning.
In an exclusive statement to CinemaBlend, Joss Whedon explains why he decided to leave The Nevers. You can read it below:
This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and perspective in ways I could never have imagined, and while developing and producing The Nevers has been a joyful experience, I realize that the level of commitment required moving forward, combined with the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic, is more than I can handle without the work beginning to suffer. I am genuinely exhausted, and am stepping back to martial my energy towards my own life, which is also at the brink of exciting change. I am deeply proud of the work we have done; I’m grateful to all my extraordinary cast and collaborators, and to HBO for the opportunity to shape yet another strange world. The Nevers is a true labor of love, but after two plus years of labor, love is about all I have to offer. It will never fade.
According to Variety, An HBO spokesperson said the show is still scheduled to premiere next summer. You can read HBO’s statement below:
We have parted ways with Joss Whedon. We remain excited about the future of The Nevers and look forward to its premiere.
The Nevers is an upcoming science-fiction television series created by Joss Whedon for HBO. The Nevers 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.” You can read the synopsis below:
In the last years of Victoria’s reign, London is beset by the “Touched”: people — mostly women — who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities, some charming, some very disturbing. Among them are Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), a mysterious, quick-fisted widow, and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly), a brilliant young inventor. They are the champions of this new underclass, making a home for the Touched, while fighting the forces of… well, pretty much all the forces — to make room for those whom history as we know it has no place.
The cast consists of; Laura Donnelly, Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Ann Skelly, Ben Chaplin, Pip Torrens, Zackary Momoh, Amy Manson, Nick Frost, Rochelle Neil, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Denis O’Hare. The series is produced by HBO and Mutant Enemy Productions with executive producers including Whedon, Doug Petrie, Jane Espenson, and Bernadette Caulfield. The series is expected to premiere in 2021.