Avengers director and Firefly creator Joss Whedon is heading back to television with a new sci-fi series that has been greenlit by HBO.

Whedon will be bringing his new series called The Nevers to the subscription channel after what is being reported as a bidding war between HBO and Netflix for the new series. In order to seal the deal, HBO gave the project a direct to series order. Casey Bloys, HBO programming president said in a statement;

“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,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said. “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 honored that Joss chose HBO as the place to build his ambitious new world and we are excited to get started.”

The series itself is described as “an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.”. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhousecreator commented on the announcement as well.

“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.”

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