Joss Whedon and HBO are making TV series that sounds like a Victorian-era Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon is really, properly returning to telly for a new series that seems likely to become another classic.

The writer has recently been dipping his toes back into the medium by producing Freeform’s detective series Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective, after taking a sabbatical into the film world for The Avengers and Justice League.

On Friday (July 13), HBO announced that it had signed Whedon to write, produce, direct and serve as showrunner of The Nevers, a science fiction series set in the Victorian era.

The Nevers are “a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world,” according to a description released by HBO.

Joss Whedon announced the show in a typically-witty statement: “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.”

HBO seems equally as excited about the collaboration, with programming president Casey Bloys praising Whedon as both “incredibly talented and prolific”.

“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,” the HBO executive added.

“We’re honored that Joss chose HBO as the place to build his ambitious new world and we are excited to get started.”

HBO continues to line-up high-profile series in advance of Game of Thrones ending next year. Former Lost writer Damon Lindelof is currently working on a series based on Watchmen, while Game of Thrones author George RR Martin will partner with Kingsman: The Secret Service co-writer Jane Goldman for a Thrones prequel set during the mythic Age of Heroes.

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