What Does The New Showrunner Mean For The Nevers?
When Joss Whedon decided to take a break from The Nevers, many of us assumed that Douglas Petrie or Jane Espenson, executive producers alongside Joss, would take over the reins. But it seems that HBO had other plans.
Joss Steps Away From The Nevers
The upcoming HBO period drama conceived, produced, written, and directed by Joss Whedon has lost its creator and chief architect. Weeks after wrapping on The Nevers, Joss stated via Cinmeablend.com that he's stepping back from his new series after working on its first season.
Since 2009's Dollhouse and after writing and directing two billion-plus dollar films, The Nevers marks Whedon's return to television. Joss described his new sci-fi series as "maybe the most ambitious narrative" that he's created. It was meant to be an epic return to the small screen for the accomplished writer.
"This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and perspective in ways I could never have imagined, and 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," Whedon told cinemablend.
The Nevers Actress Signs Five Year Contract With The Series
The London Times is reporting that The Nevers actress Olivia Williams has signed a 5 year contract with the series.
While this comes as fantastic news for us fans anticipating Joss Whedon’s new series, it isn’t entirely unexpected. HBO ordered The Nevers straight to series after Joss pitched it to them, a move demonstrating immense faith in this property.
Art work for The Nevers Revealed
When last we reported on the WarnerMedia/HBO Max presentation, the executives had announced a premiere year of 2021 for The Nevers.
As part of the presentation, Casey Bloys, President of Programming at HBO, took to the stage to unveil the upcoming slate of shows that would join HBO Max's 2020/2021 schedule. And that, of course, included ...
Bloys briefly touched on The Nevers, saying "I won't go into as much detail, but I wanted to highlight three big events for 2021. We have Joss Whedon's highly anticipated new fantastical series The Nevers..."
When information such as the commencement of filming beginning in the first half of 2019 began to trickle in, a fourth quarter 2020 release date for The Nevers seemed feasible (principal photography on episode one ultimately began in July and wrapped in late August.) And with the standard episode count for most of HBO sci-fi/fantasy drama's being ten, many people concluded that The Nevers could indeed make an Autumn 2020 release date.
So it came as a shock to many when WarnerMedia shared that The Nevers wouldn't premiere in 2020 as envisioned by many, but rather 2021 on HBO Max.
General Release Date for The Nevers Announced.
Williams & Norton & Frost, oh my! The Nevers Cast Revealed
The Nevers is one of the most anticipated shows coming from HBO in the near future, and today our anticipation for the series was taken to new heights with the reveal of the full cast.
Following our announcement of James Norton's casting, Deadline revealed the cast for The Nevers, and it's quite the cast:
We need to sit down. Oh, how about that. We were.
Filming is currently underway in London on episode one.
Principal photography begins on The Nevers.
Joss took to Twitter today to announce the start of principal photography on his upcoming HBO series.
"There’s a lot of self-important, childish BULLSHIT in this industry. But today we started principal photography on 'THE NEVERS', despite all of mine."
The Nevers, set in the Victorian era, is likely to film in multiple European countries with England and Ireland already confirmed.
Filming is expected to continue through March 2020.