I am usually hesitant to report on pilot development because so much can happen from the point that a pilot goes in to production to the show actually making it on-air. However, I felt this one was actually newsworthy.
It has been reported that ABC has ordered a pilot from Joss Whedon that will revolve around the S.H.I.E.L.D agency. Most likely, this is a result of Whedon's exclusive deal he made with Marvel and Disney after he came aboard to direct the sequel to the overwhelmingly successful movie The Avengers. This marks the project in the works from Marvel TV that has actually gotten a green light.
Joss Whedon will be writing the script along with his brother Jed Whedon and Marissa Tancharoen. He is also attached to direct, but that might change pending his schedule.
There is no word yet on story and/or casting and whether any of the film actors will be appearing in the television series. It seems as if Samuel L. Jackson will take any job these days, so perhaps he will show up in his role of Nick Fury? I certainly hope so, as I don't know if I can imagine a show revolving around the agency without him.
I love The Avengers universe and am happy to have more content, but I really hope that it transfers well to the small screen. They will have more time to explore character development and such with the week to week format, but knowing the tv world, it is likely the budget will drop drastically after the pilot, which might limit a lot of action. for action.
What are your thoughts? Who is excited for this and hopes this series makes it on-air?