Joss Whedon has announced he’s stepped down from his upcoming HBO drama series The Nevers.
In a statement HBO said: “We have parted ways with Joss Whedon. We remain excited about the future of The Nevers and look forward to its premiere in the summer of 2021.”
Whedon also released a statement, saying he was stepping down from the series due to “exhaustion”.
“This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and perspective in ways I could never have imagined, and while developing and producing The Nevers has been a joyful experience, I [realise] that the level of commitment required moving forward, combined with the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic, is more than I can handle without the work beginning to suffer,” he told CinemaBlend.
“I am genuinely exhausted, and am stepping back to martial my energy towards my own life, which is also at the brink of exciting change. I am deeply proud of the work we have done.
“I’m grateful to all my extraordinary cast and collaborators, and to HBO for the opportunity to shape yet another strange world. The Nevers is a true labor of love, but after two-plus years of labor, love is about all I have to offer. It will never fade.”
On Twitter Justice League star Ray Fisher responded to Whedon’s statement, after previously alleging he had suffered “abusive, unprofessional” behaviour from the director on the set of the DC movie.
“WarnerMedia’s JL investigation has been in full swing for over 3 weeks now. This is undoubtedly a result of it,” Fisher tweeted.