A new series helmed by Joss Whedon has been commissioned by US channel HBO.
The new series, titled The Nevers, will be written, directed and produced by Whedon, who cut his teeth on shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly.
The Nevers is set to be a historical sci-fi show which follows a gang of Victorian women who gain “unusual abilities” and use them to take on their enemies.
Whedon said that he was excited to be partnering with HBO and to be getting back into working on TV.
"I honestly couldn't be more excited. The Nevers is maybe the most ambitious narrative I’ve created, and I can’t imagine a better home for it than HBO. Not only are they the masters of cinematic long-form, but their instant understanding of my odd, intimate epic was as emotional as it was incisive.
“It's been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world, and the HBO team offer not just scope and experience, not just 'prestige,' but a passionate collaboration. I could go on, but — I’m impatiently grateful to say — I have work to do."
This will be Whedon's first foray into television since his short-lived series Dollhouse in 2009. Since then, the writer and director has been exclusively working on mega-budget movies, including the first two Avengers films and taking over the direction of Justice League after Zack Snyder pulled out for personal reasons.
Whedon was set to direct the latest DC Extended Universe film Batgirl but pulled out before production started.
President of Programming for HBO, Casey Bloys, said he was thrilled to get Whedon on-board for a new series.
"We have long been fans of the incredibly talented and prolific Joss Whedon and we can’t think of a better project than The Nevers with which to welcome him to the HBO family.
“We look forward to meeting the strange, multifaceted characters of The Nevers, to learn their stories, see them in action and share them with our viewers. We’re honoured that Joss chose HBO as the place to build his ambitious new world and we are excited to get started."
Source: Den of Geek