HBO is adding to their geek credentials once again, releasing a press statement about a new sci-fi TV show they are set to produce and having a big name attached to it: Joss Whedon.
The Nevers is set to be a Victorian-era sci-fi show centering on a group of powerful female characters. HBO has stated that ‘the show will be 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 has described the show as ‘the most ambitious narrative I’ve created. It’s been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world.’
The Nevers will be Whedon’s first original TV show since Dollhouse in 2009 and the first project since Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. Whedon’s projects have gained him a large fanbase. This is a man has Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and The Avengers to his name and HBO as a broadcaster gives its showrunners a lot of creative freedom. Whedon will serve as executive producer, showrunner, writer, and director of the series.
Game of Thrones has been a huge critical and audience success for HBO as well as a commercial hit – millions have been made from DVD, Blu-ray and merchandise and HBO clearly want more of this. The broadcaster already has Westworld that pleases genre audiences and they have a Game of Thrones spin-off and Watchmen adaptation in development. The Nevers would be a part HBO’s high concept, genre broadcasting it would interesting to see what Whedon comes up with.