A new Josh Whedon series called “The Nevers” is coming to HBO. The network described the drama 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”. Whedon will serve as Executive Producer, Showrunner, Writer, and Director.
In the announcement Whedon said in a statement, “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.” Whedon added, “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.”
Fans of Whedon might know him best as the writer for several hit films including “Marvel’s The Avengers” and its sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Whedon is also a powerhouse in the realm of Television already, he created the fan-favorite series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spinoff. A New York native, Whedon is a third-generation television writer. His grandfather and father were both successful sitcom writers on shows such as The Donna Reed Show, Leave It to Beaver and The Golden Girls.
Whedon picked up his first Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his groundbreaking episode entitled “Hush” for Buffy. Many consider it the best episode the series ever created. In 2002, he wrote, composed and directed a Broadway-style musical episode entitled “Once More, With Feeling,” which received worldwide recognition and spawned an “Original Cast Recording” soundtrack, which sold more than 400,000 albums worldwide.
Whedon also has an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay with Disney’s box-office smash Toy Story. Other notable feature writing credits include Speed and Alien Resurrection. In the fall of 2005, Whedon made his feature directorial debut with Serenity, based on the Firefly series.