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Joss Whedon returns to TV with “The Nevers”

Joss Whedon returns to TV with “The Nevers”
Joss Whedon at 'The Avengers' Premiere

Creator of “The Firefly” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and the director of “The Avengers,” Joss Whedon has been roped in by HBO for an “epic” new sci-fi series. Titled “The Nevers,” the series is being described as “an epic science fiction drama about a clique of Victorian women who find themselves with extraordinary abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.”

Whedon spoke to “Entertainment Weekly” about his new project. He said, “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. It’s been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world, and the HBO team offers not just scope and experience, not just reputation, but a passionate collaboration. I could go on, but  I’m impatiently grateful to say that I have work to do.”

Sources claim that HBO won the series in a bidding war with their closest rival Netflix. It gave the project a direct-to-series order, a relative rarity for the HBO network. Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming president, added, “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. 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.”

Joss Whedon’s work as a writer and director explores the varied perspectives on existentialism, anti-authoritarianism, feminism, misogyny, adulthood, power, free will, sexuality and powerlessness. His projects mostly revolve around a group of protagonists, and the primary focus is on a hero who is is essentially a loner and works with others to achieve a goal.

About the frequent aspects of groups of people, Whedon says, “Everything I write tends to turn into a superhero team, even if I didn't mean to develop it that way. I always start off wanting to be solitary, because one, it’s simpler, and two, that isolation is something that I relate to as a storyteller. And then no matter what, I always end up with a team.”  He is known to take one particular motif and develop a set of people who are helpless and feel they have lost control.

The endeavor is then to help them regain or retake control.                                 

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