HBO ordered The Nevers from Joss Whedon way back in the summer of 2018, and if you didn’t know The Nevers was from Joss Whedon, all you’d need to read is the logline to know that The Nevers is from Joss Whedon.
“The series is described as a sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.”
Amalia True [is] described as the most reckless, impulsive, emotionally damaged hero of her time. A menace to stuffy Victorian society, she would die for the cause and kill for a drink.
I will also note that Amalia True’s best friend is Penance Adair, a brilliant inventor.
All the same, late last year, Joss Whedon left the project after an investigation into his behavior on the set of Justice League prompted by Ray Fisher. After spending years on the project, and just before its apparent completion, Whedon just left because he was … exhausted?
” … 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.”
Philippa Goslett was subsequently hired to take over as showrunner. Three months later, and The Nevers has a trailer and an April release date.
I will admit that I had some Whedon-related hostility toward the trailer before I even pushed play, but by the second watch, I found myself more interested in it than I’d prefer to admit. I don’t hate it.
HBO may still have to shake a lot of Whedon hostility off the project before it finds an audience. If Whedon’s past record is any indication, it’ll be a great first season and then get canceled, or it won’t be any good until the third season, after which it will have already lost much of its audience.
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