Earlier this month we told you that Joss Whedon, famed director and writer of the Avengers movie, had been signed by Disney and ABC to do an Avengers themed television series – but we didn’t know what it was. Now we do. ABC is writing Whedon a fat check to produce the pilot for their new live action dramatic series S.H.I.E.L.D. Normally pilots are produced to sell the show to the studio and/or potential advertisers, but in this case it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that it’s going to be produced. The pilot goes into production immediately, and it’s Marvel Studios’ first TV venture.
In the Marvel cinematic universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. Thank goodness for verbiage-trimming acronyms. We’d never get through that if they had to say it more than once per show.
Joss Whedon and his brother Jed, along with his wife Maurissa Tancharoen (the team behind Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Dollhouse) will be writing and doing executive producing on the project. Whedon himself will likely be directing episodes as his schedule permits.
We don’t yet know which Marvel comics characters might appear on S.H.I.E.L.D., but with Joss Whedon at the wheel fans will be lining up to find out.
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