ABC to Deploy Joss Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Pilot
By Dan Casey on August 29, 2012
Prepare yourselves, True Believers, because Nick Fury and the Helicarrier are touching down on ABC this fall. Deadline has confirmed that ABC ordered a live-action pilot entitled S.H.I.E.L.D. from some guy you may have heard of named Joss Whedon. The Avengers director is set to write the script with frequent collaborators/awesome family members Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and will possibly direct the pilot. Given how busy ol’ Joss is making big-budget films about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for Disney and Marvel, it’s likely that his involvement in the project will scale back after filming the pilot, but considering that his brother Jed and Tancharoen are the official showrunners, we’re confident that the project is in good hands. Who knows – maybe without Joss Whedon’s name as firmly attached to the project in the long term, it won’t get immediately cancelled by those pesky TV executives.
The show, the first green-lit project from Marvel TV (who also have a Hulk series in development), will operate autonomously from the film universe, focusing more on the day-to-day operations of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. At long last, you’ll see how HR files workmen’s compensation claims! Watch Bill from accounting tackle a particularly nefarious Excel spreadsheet! See Dum Dum Dugan slowly eat all of the doughnuts in the break room over the course of the day! Finally, we’ll get a chance to see the true heroes who keep the Helicarrier afloat (both literally and metaphorically).
What would you like to see from the S.H.I.E.L.D. television series? Quemment below and let us know! Excelsior!