ABC Orders S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot from Marvel; Joss Whedon Will Co-Write and Possibly Direct [UPDATED]

     August 28, 2012


While Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers has owned movie screens this year, ABC is looking to bring the peacekeepers of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the small screen.  The network (owned by Disney) has greenlit a live-action pilot to showcase the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate (or is it the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division?).  And who better to co-write and possibly direct the pilot than the man behind The Avengers, Joss Whedon himself.  Whedon will of course be spearheading The Avengers 2, as well as being involved with other features in the Marvel universe.  Hit the jump for much more on the first live-action Marvel TV project to be greenlit. [Updated: We've added quotes from Whedon after the jump.]

shield-tv-showDeadline is reporting that the S.H.I.E.L.D TV show is looking to jump right into production.  Whedon will write the pilot along with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, a married couple who were both writers on Dollhouse, Spartacus and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.  Joss Whedon proved that he had the writing and directing skills to handle The Avengers feature film, but television was his early bread and butter and it’ll be nice to have him back (if only for the pilot).

No details about the pilot or series have been released as of yet.  Will we see Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) make a network jump and reprise her role in the new Marvel series?  Will the show be in canon with the movies?  What time period will they take place in? (I ask this last question because I’m curious if we could ever see some Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) screen time.)  And what about Nick Fury?  Will the major heroes and villains make appearances or will the series focus on some of the smaller goodies and baddies who haven’t been introduced yet?  As far as I’m concerned, the sky’s the limit, and with Whedon on board, there’s a good chance we’ll get to see an expansion of the Marvel universe on the small screen while we wait for future features. (Excelsior!)  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

[Update:  Last night, Whedon was moderating a Q&A for Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me.  According to Variety, Whedon "said the storyline for the proposed series will be largely 'autonomous' from the Avengers sequel feature that is also in the works," adding that it's not a spinoff.

Variety reporter Cynthia Littleton tweets that Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen will be the showrunners, but Joss assured the audience that he'll show up every now and then
"and take credit for everything."]


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  • Strong Enough


    Damn Whedon has become Marvel’s slave. Wouldn’t you want to write & direct your own ideas instead of doing this for years? to each his own i guess.

    but nevertheless looking forward to the new show……………….i think.

    • Justin

      Slaves don’t get paid. He’s their “go-to-guy” and he’s emensly good at his job. I’m glad that they are willing to continue putting out quality things and the Wheddon enjoys what he’s doing enough to keep on.

      • Strong Enough

        Slaves don’t get paid.

        Oops. i mean B*tch

        nah i kid. i’m happy for him. he’s a great writer

    • tomincmh

      Yea. I don’t think Whedon is going to complain too much about being given massive amounts of money to make an Avengers sequel and have a strong influence over the next few years of the Marvel movie (and now TV) universe. He’s probably like a kid in a candy store. Yea, he’s going to have to bite the bullet for the next 3 years in terms of original content (outside of web based stuff like Dr. Horrible 2), but he’s going to come out of it with all the money and the clout he’s ever going to have in this business. Networks will be bending over backwards to work with him once his Marvel deal expires.

  • Mickey

    He did. It’s called Firefly.

  • Mr.Rich316

    Is it just me or is it strange this is just an order for a pilot? you would think with J.W.’s mega deal this would be straight to series.

    • kenny38606

      But you’ve got to imagine this probably is going to series. Network pilots generally aren’t ordered in August. Pilot season starts around January, with the pilots filming February – April for a debut in the fall. The fact that they’ve put this pilot into production nearly 6 months before everything else leads me to believe they want it on the air. Not only that, they want it on the air soon.

      This show could very well be on TV by late midseason or summer. Why would they start production so early if the show wasn’t going to air until next season?

      • Mr.Rich316

        I figure it will be ordered to series as soon as the plot is written. It just seemed odd to me that it wasn’t ordered to series. I figure this will be a summer series. Premiering during may sweeps.

  • Mr.Rich316

    Is it just me or is it strange this is just an order for a pilot? you would think with J.W.\’s mega deal this would be straight to series.

  • Mr.Rich316

    I guess invalid code try again means Collider is going to post it twice.

  • Justin

    Slaves don’t get paid. He\’s their \"go-to-guy\" and he\’s emensly good at his job. I\’m glad that they are willing to continue putting out quality things and the Wheddon enjoys what he\’s doing enough to keep on.

  • sense 11

    Great concept for a show, I hope they pull it off

  • Audman

    To those thinking that Joss would be miserable or whatever doing it. I think with as well as he is doing the avengers and other involvement he might have enough money coming in to do a George lucas or James Cameron and do whatever he wants on his own bill. So when Marvel runs out of things he will have fort Knox and creative freedom. I for one can’t wait to see where this all goes.

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  • daveyboy

    I think that short film that is supposed to be on the dvd is about shield agents hunting criminals down. I wonder if that was a pitch for the series,or if the agents in it will star in the show. I can’t wait to see Marvel’s tv series and get some of the lesser known heroes that aren’t well known enough to make it into the movies. I would love to see Jessica Drew and some crazy Hydra\Hand\AIM drama.

  • bob

    This former artist never had kind words for Jack Kirby even though he’s making a lot of cash thanks to Jack’s creations, he’s a good Disney employee now.

  • choiuce

    Seems like he has too much on his shoulders and may at some point turn in something we are quite disappointed with. In all honesty, there is no need for this to turn into some series. I think it would have been better to give us the proper Hulk movie right now, instead of 10 years down the line.

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