Updated: Jun 28
Welp! That's a wrap (for now) folks. You can add The Nevers to the ever growing list of productions shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Warner Media, the conglomerate which owns HBO, announced that it would stop production on a number of its series currently filming around the world. Since their announcement, a number of production staff on various HBO shows (including The Nevers) have shared that as of two days ago, production had officially shut down.
Principal photography began last July and took place over a period of six weeks throughout the city of London. Production then went on hiatus while HBO reviewed the "pilot" episode. Thankfully, the powers-that-be liked what they saw and filming re-commenced in 2019 after the Christmas season.
Filming wrapped on further episodes a few weeks before the corona outbreak. So, while productions are shutting down left and right, Joss & Co. could theoretically continue to work on those episodes in post-production (i.e. visual effects, sound mixing, etc) which could easily be done from within one's home office. This would allow them to have, at least, five completed episodes under their belt.
But it wouldn't be a Joss Whedon production without some sort of wrench getting thrown into the works. The crew on the un-aired pilot episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn't believe in Joss' vision and as a result, production nearly came to a screeching halt. And the FOX executive's ..... well, we all saw what they did to our beloved Firefly and Dollhouse.
However, there is one good thing (and really the only good thing) that's come out of all of this. And that's Joss' new Twitter header!
I've been following the development of this series and keeping track of those joining the production since the series was first announced. And while I knew that these people were working on The Nevers, it's still exciting to actually see them with the rest of the crew in Joss' photo.
These talented individuals include costume designer Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones, The Crown, The King's Man), 1st Assistant Director Matthew Penry-Davey (Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Bridget Jones's Baby) and producer extraordinaire Bernadette Caulfield (Game of Thrones, Carnivale, The X-Files) All people I've come to highly respect over the years.
So if there's any silver lining to be found, that's basically it. We will of course keep you abreast of developments as they become available.
See you soon, Neverites!