Producer and director Joss Whedon is leaving The Nevers series because he feels exhausted from having to shoot in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and the theatrical version of Justice League (2017), served as showrunner for the HBO science fiction series The Nevers. But it has left the production because of the physical challenge it posed.
This is Joss Whedon’s statement:
“This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and my outlook in ways I could never have imagined, and while developing and producing The Nevers has been a joyous experience, I realize that the level of commitment required to keep going, combined with the physical challenges of putting on such a big show during a global pandemic, it’s more than I can handle without the work starting to suffer.”
I am genuinely exhausted and regressing to focusing my energy on my own life, which is also on the brink of exciting change. I am also deeply proud of the work we have done. I am grateful to all of my extraordinary actors and collaborators, and to HBO for the opportunity to shape another strange world. The Nevers is a true labor of love. But after more than two years of work, love is all I have to offer. It will never fade ”.
HBO maintains that the series will still premiere in the summer of 2021.
“We have parted ways with Joss Whedon. We remain excited about the future of The Nevers and look forward to its release in summer 2021,” HBO said in a statement regarding the director’s decision to leave.
The plot synopsis:
“In the last years of Victoria’s reign, London is beset by ‘Headdresses’. People, mostly women, suddenly displaying abnormal abilities, some lovely, some very disturbing. Among them are Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), a mysterious woman, and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly), a brilliant young inventor. They are the champions of this new lower class, making a home for the Headdresses, as they fight the forces of evil.”
Although Joss Whedon leaves the project, the series will have his style and will be just as enjoyable.