ABC has given the approval for a pilot based on S.H.I.E.L.D. with Joss Whedon slated to co-write and possibly direct.
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) has been a key part of the Marvel comic universe for decades and has managed to become an essential part of the cinematic universe as well. While it is most associated with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), as you could see in The Avengers, the organization is much more than just him. With this in mind, get ready for the further TV adventures of the various divisions and agents.
According to Deadline ABC has given the order to film a pilot with a script from Joss Whedon (the co-writer and director of The Avengers), his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Should his schedule permit, Joss will also direct the pilot.
It was known when Whedon signed his deal with Disney earlier this month that a TV series was included in the arrangement, but no confirmation had been given to what the subject matter would be. There had been some speculation that it was a S.H.I.E.L.D. series, but with a Hulk series stuck in development, no one was quite sure.
While this series will more than likely focus on unknown agents, one can always hope for a cameo by Director Fury, but I won’t be holding my breath.
Of course this is one of those times where I have to remind the readers that just because a project gets a pilot doesn’t mean it will ever be seen, so don’t be setting your DVRs quite yet.