Marvel’s Joss Whedon-developed TV project has a name, and it’s a familiar one:S.H.I.E.L.D., starring the law-enforcement agency at the center of Marvel’s blockbuster films.
Deadline reports that ABC has ordered a pilot, which Whedon will write with two of his frequent collaborators: his brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen, a husband and wife duo who worked with him on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Dollhouse. Whedon is also on board to direct the pilot, “schedule permitting.” The Hollywood Reporter has also confirmed the news.
Virtually everything else about the S.H.I.E.L.D. television series remains unknown at this early stage, including where it might take place in the timeline of Marvel’s films, and which actors, if any, from the movies might play a part on the show. In multiple Marvel films including this summer’s The Avengers, Samuel L. Jackson has portrayed S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury.
Earlier this month, Disney announced that Whedon signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for both film and television, including writing and directing 2015’s The Avengers 2and developing a then-unspecified Marvel TV show. The Avengers, written and directed by Whedon, has grossed more than $1.5 billion in worldwide box office, and is currently the third highest-grossing film of all time on domestic and international charts.
This would be Whedon’s first television series since Dollhouse, which ran for two seasons on Fox from 2009 to 2010. He first became known among fans for his critically acclaimed, cult-favorite TV creations Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly.
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