|Directed by||Joshua Michael Stern|
|Produced by||Moshe Diamant|
|Written by||Joshua Michael Stern|
|Music by||Philip Glass|
|Edited by||Steven Kemper|
|Running time||108 minutes|
Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) is a psychiatrist who leaves a job at a prestigious university to take up a job at the privately run mental institution, 'Millwood', belonging to Dr. Reed (William Hurt). What he doesn’t reveal at the time of his appointment is that this was the very place where his novelist father, T.L. Pierson (Nick Nolte), spent many years of his life as he battled chronic depression. T.L. later wrote a popular children’s classic, Neverwas, about a child (based on young Zach himself) who enters a secret world to free a captive king. T.L. later committed suicide; Riley, who found the body, has always partly blamed himself for his father's death.
Riley is assigned to work with a schizophrenic patient, Gabriel Finch (Ian McKellen), and soon realizes that Finch sees himself as the captive king. As he listens to Finch and resumes his acquaintance with childhood friend Maggie Paige, he realizes that more things link him to the book—and also to Finch's recovery—than he ever thought. T.L.'s novel was based on Finch's stories, told to him by Finch while both were patients in the hospital. Finch believes that the book is a sort of oracle confirming his personal reality, and that Riley is the boy hero. Riley comes to see himself this way in a sense, as he discovers that Finch's "hallucination" concerns actual places and events.
- Ian McKellen as Gabriel Finch
- Aaron Eckhart as Zach Riley
- Brittany Murphy as Maggie
- Nick Nolte as T.L. Pierson
- Alan Cumming as Jake
- Vera Farmiga as Eleanna
- Bill Bellamy as Martin Sands
- Michael Moriarty as Dick
- Jessica Lange as Katherine Pierson
- William Hurt as Dr. Peter Reed
- Sean Hargreaves – Production Designer
- Helen Jarvis - Art Director
- Senator International - Worldwide Distribution Rights
- Kingsgate Films - Production Company
- Sidney Kimmel Entertainment - Production Company
- Miramax Home Entertainment - Domestic Video Distributor
The film was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
- Neverwas (2005) - Overview New York Times.
- "Promotional film on ''Neverwas''". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-04-14.
- Review: Neverwas cinematical.com. Jul 3rd 2007.
- Neverwas (2005) -vs- Finding Neverland (2004) Review by Bryce Zabel.
- Neverwas at the Internet Movie Database
- Neverwas at AllMovie
- Neverwas Review at Variety
- Neverwas at Rotten Tomatoes
- Neverwas pre-production art
- Neverwas set photography