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S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series A Go

Coming to ABC

By Robert T. Trate     August 28, 2012
Source: Deadline.com

 

ABC has ordered a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D, a live-action series from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon, Marvel TV and ABC Studios. 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.

S.H.I.E.L.D. will be written by Whedon and frequent collaborators, his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon also is set to direct the pilot, schedule permitting. Production on the pilot, which marks the first live-action Marvel TV project to get a green light, will start immediately. Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen executive produce with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb.

The project had been in the works at Marvel TV and ABC Studios for some time. Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that it had signed an exclusive film and TV deal with Joss Whedon, which included him writing and directing The Avengers sequel and develop a live-action series for Marvel TV and ABC, both owned by Disney.

This marks a return to series television for Joss Whedon, creator of cult favorites Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse. Husband and wife writing duo Jed Whedon and Tancharoen co-penned with Joss Whedon Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and also have worked on Dollhouse and Spartacus. In addition to S.H.I.E.L.D, Marvel TV has a couple of other projects in development at ABC Studios, including a Hulk series.

 

Thanks to DarthBob for the submission.

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reek 8/28/2012 11:05:22 PM

So the obvious question: Samuel L. or no Samuel L.?  They can't recast for a TV Nick Fury.  They can however pay him to make a few cameos across a season.  Of course that begs the question; whose in charge?  What do you guys think about Cobie Smulders (agent Hill from the movie); can she lead a series?  Of course they'll need a male action lead to play agent Squarejaw or whatever.  Guesses on casting for that?  The thing that concerns me most though is how great will a SHIELD series be if there aren't any superheroes.  While making this show sounds like it has potential, I want a goddamn honest to goodness good comicbook superhero show.  That was supposed to be the (only good) outcome of the Mouse buying Marvel.  Give me Doctor Strange or Luke Cage or The Punisher (on Cinemax!) or any other character from Marvel's vey deep "B Team" roster in a 22 episode season with a real budget.  And make sure they're in a damn costume (well, maybe not Cage, at least not in the Power Man get up. Not sure the 'fro would play today).

reek 8/28/2012 11:43:21 PM

Has anyone seen my eyepatch?  It's the one that says Bad Motherphucker.

I've had it with these monkeyflipping skrulls on this MondaythroughFriday Helicarrier

Does The Incredible Hulk look like a bitch?

But you are aware there is an invention called the Life Model Decoy and wht this invention, I do stuff like fake my own death and shoot you in the back in the climax of the sequel right?

I'm sorry, it's late and I'm obviously not getting enough sleep.  I'll stop.

vitieddie 8/29/2012 12:28:33 AM

No Heroes for Hire? boooo ...

Off to bed with you Reek

Dazzler 8/29/2012 5:08:32 AM

I f'ning asked Stan Lee what was coming up for the live action show.  I don't know why he could not mention this.  At the Chicago comic con.  $80 wasted on that. 

Simple show, could be cool and do'able. 

 

SmokingFrog77 8/29/2012 5:19:00 AM

I'm wondering when it will be set, and if it could be a way for Clark Gregg to return if it's set before The Avengers.

conundrum 8/29/2012 6:00:53 AM

Whedon, eh?  That means it'll last for one season, get canceled, and the Whedon fan-girls will piss and moan for years, demandings the series be rewnewed.

redvector 8/29/2012 6:15:02 AM

This series could focus on the organization's early days from it's inception fighting remnants of HYDRA. Maybe set it in the late 50's early 60's giving it sort of a Sean Connery era Bond feel.

monkeyfoot 8/29/2012 6:28:27 AM

Hooray! Eliza Dushku has a new job now!

ElBaz13 8/29/2012 6:40:52 AM

There is potential in this. No reason to hate. The fact that it's set in the Marvel Universe just makes me happy as we finally get to see a Marvel show, no matter what it is. I enjoyed Smallville a lot but wasn't familiar with the lesser known characters. At least this one, being a Marvel guy, will hit the spot.

As for Nick Fury. Here is a way to give the nod to the original character. The white guy version. Have flashback elements of the 40s/50s and have Nick Fury Sr, a white dude in it maybe with the Howling Commandos. I'm sure Neil McDonough can do TV appearances. The comics have established the black version as Nick Jr anyhow. Why not?

I don't think Cobie can do two series at once. It's been done before by TV actors but screen time is limited and SHIELD being an action adventure show, would probably be too demanding. Mind you, if she plays acting director, you don't need her out in the field and just give her special appearances once in awhile.

If they want to go with a male lead character, they should go with Clay Quartermain. I loved the way Peter David used them in his Hulk run. His partner? Why Jessica Drew! aka Spiderwoman. It would be a classic male-female lead but the woman would be the "muscle" of the group. It could be funny and we know Whedon loves strong female leads.

There is a lot of potential here to introduce B-level heroes and villains.

I'm sold!

 

ElBaz13 8/29/2012 6:41:27 AM

@monkeyfoot

Eliza Dushku as Jessica Drew!

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