Joss Whedon to Co-Write and Direct ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Series Pilot!

ABC has greenlit this upcoming action-adventure pilot, which brings the Marvel universe to the small screen.
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Joss Whedon to Co-Write and Direct ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Series Pilot!

ABC orders a pilot for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, with Joss Whedon directingLast month, we reported that ABC is looking to tap into the superhero realm, with a potential TV series set in the world of Marvel's The Avengers. Today, we have word that the network has ordered a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D., a series that will supposedly center on the organization (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) that brought these superheroes together.

Marvel's The Avengers director Joss Whedon has signed on to write the pilot script with his brother Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse). Joss Whedon is also expected to direct the pilot episode, if his schedule permits.

Our initial report indicated that this live-action series may or may not feature the actual superheroes from Marvel's The Avengers, although it will be set in the same world. Setting this up as a S.H.I.E.L.D. series will likely introduce more of the inner-workings of this clandestine organization, although no plot details have been confirmed yet. It is possible for the various actors and heroes currently seen in the movie to make guest appearances, and for future comic book characters to be introduced.

It is not known at this time if Samuel L. Jackson, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury, will be involved with the series, or if he will make an appearance in the pilot.

Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen will executive produce the pilot alongside Marvel TV president Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell. It is said that production will begin immediately, so stay tuned for any casting updates in the near future.

Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012.

Sources:Deadline

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  • instead8909 • 3 years ago

    for now on I would like to see live Marvel TV shows and film cross overs.

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    • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

      @rudy Yeah, that would be cool. But, hopefully one of the main cast of the Avengers team from the Avengers movie, will make some sort of cameo appearance.

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      • David-garcia-67788063 • 3 years ago

        Wait! Will this also tie in the new Hulk series that ABC is also doing, or will just stay in the cinematic universe.

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        • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

          @superman81 He definitely looks like he is ready to f*ck his sh*t!

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          • ghostman • 3 years ago

            Awesome!!

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            • superman81 • 3 years ago

              How much milk does this cow have left?? On a side note, does anyone else see Samuel L Jackson in the picture looking all bad ass and think he is wanting to tell Whedon to get the f*ck out of his face mother f*cker!!

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              • jasdjqs • 3 years ago

                show will work. They will find a clever way to pull this off

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                • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                  @SherlockHolmes2009 That is very true!

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                  • SherlockHolmes2009 • 3 years ago

                    Well at least we know the pilot will be good

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                    • youngrizo • 3 years ago

                      Considering the alternate opening that got cut from the movie and the possibility of them following likely(mildly) the storyline that has Nick Fury going into hiding while Maria Hill takes over as acting S.H.I.E.L.D. director.

                      They will likely try to make it a tie into the movie universe so that it acts as the other stand alone films have and fills the timeline between the bigger avengers films. And this would make it easier for them to introduce and use heroes who are far less 'Marvelous' lol but likely also would stick to mainly focusing on S.H.I.E.L.D. operations with new operatives introduced into the universe.

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                      • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                        @rufio well, first off even though I am one for Batman I say this with love, f*ck fanboys... haha our expectations are always set way too high... I just feel to get that feel and visual aspect needed for this universe, it would have to be a film...

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                        • rufio • 3 years ago

                          @mcleve02 i like that idea much better. makes more sense. a TV show could be pretty sweet too, BUT you have to have a LOT of material to stretch out that much. plus you have all the casting issues. jackson? smulders (who already has a show)? clark gregg?

                          too many tricky hurdles that if not navigated right will be rejected immediately by fanboys.

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                          • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                            @rufio My idea was to not make a show, but a movie with all the SHIELD cast in it... The movie would revolve around all the events of the solo films leading up to the Avengers movies, but through the eyes of SHIELD...

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                            • rufio • 3 years ago

                              this could be very cool or very... very bad. bad in the sense that it could even hurt the Avengers 2 (or at least Whedon's involvement in the sequel). plus i'm not sure how it would work fully b/c it would HAVE to have movie links and lead ins. It would have to take place after Avengers, before Avengers 2. ORRRRR it could be all the pre stuff (before the Avengers are formed). i think that would be the easier and safer approach. that way you have a lot of wiggle room without affecting the outcome for A2 and by knowing what happens in A1 it gives them a direction to build to (an end in mind, in other words).

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                              • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                                I say no Samuel L. Jackson, no show though...

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                                • narrator • 3 years ago

                                  Never had that occur to me, @the-movieghost. Nice catch!

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                                  • rudy • 3 years ago

                                    Hmm as long as Samuel L. Jackson is in the show, I'm all aboard.

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                                    • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                                      @dan1 Been around the meme's lately ? :D

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                                      • the-movieghost • 3 years ago

                                        @dan1@narrator Hah! Make that three.

                                        Though, I can already see the "Shield vs S.H.I.E.L.D." crap on the horizon...

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                                        • ROFLitschristian • 3 years ago

                                          Hasn't this been established already? -.-

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