Joss Whedon, the creative voice behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Marvel’s first two Avengers films, is walking away from this latest project, a series titled The Nevers that he was creating for HBO. Crossing the genres of sci-fi and historical fiction, The Nevers was announced in 2018 and was aiming for a Spring 2021 release on the cable network.
In a statement released exclusively to CinemaBlend explaining his decision to leave The Nevers, Whedon said:
While Joss Whedon's departure from The Nevers may come as a shock to prospective viewers interested in the series, the show is stil on the way. HBO has released a statement regarding Whedon's decision, saying:
In a story posted to HBO at the time of announcement, Joss Whedon’s The Nevers was described with the following, fascinating plot synopsis:
It’s currently unclear how much work still needs to be completed on the HBO series, or if Joss Whedon’s departure spells the end of the project’s development process. We have reached out to HBO for clarification on the status of the show following Whedon’s announcement but have yet to hear back.
The Nevers was busy in its casting stages. As mentioned in the synopsis, Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly were tapped to play the leads, while the supporting cast rounds out with Olivia Williams, James Norton, Tom Riley, Ben Chaplin and Nick Frost. Speaking with the website Collider in October, Frost said of the show:
We’ll continue to track down news regarding a possible replacement for Joss Whedon as the writer, producer and showrunner on The Nevers, as well as potential news on the show’s 2021 release date. Keep it here on CinemaBlend for the latest, including a full run down of the latest TV schedules.
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