If you are a fan of directing genius, Joss Whedon, you are probably used to news stories about his shows getting cancelled but it seems that maybe networks are catching on to his large fanbase. ABC has ordered a pilot for “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” a live action television series from Whedon who must recently was the director/writer on Marvel’s The Avengers.
The project is based on Marvel’s peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D (which stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate or Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) found in both the Marvel comic book and feature film universes, including the blockbuster 2012 movie The Avengers, in which S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to stop Thor’s adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth.
The series will be written by Whedon and his frequent partners in crime, brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon is also expected to direct the pilot episode.
“S.H.I.E.L.D.” will be the first live-action Marvel television series to get a greenlight from the networks and is expected to start immediately. The project had been in the works at Marvel TV and ABC Studios for quite a while before it was announced earlier this month by Disney CEO Bob Iger that it had signed an exclusive film and TV deal with Joss Whedon. The deal included him both writing and directing the The Avengers sequel and develop a live-action series for Marvel TV and ABC, both owned by Disney.
Whedon is most known for his amazingly ahead of their time shows such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse. Let’s all hope we can keep this show from getting cancelled, amiright?
Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen executive produce with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb.