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When Marvel signed up Joss Whedon to write and direct “The Avengers” sequel, along with givign him creative input in the “next phase” of their cinematic universe, they weren’t kidding around. You know that S.H.I.E.L.D TV show Marvel has been talking about doing in the wake of “The Avengers” success? Well it’s getting done — with Joss Whedon.
That’s right, kids. A “S.H.I.E.L.D” TV series is a go, and what’s more, Joss Whedon will be on tap to develop it for Marvel, with the writer/director set to write the pilot along with co-producers Jed Whedon (his brother) and Maurissa Tancharoen. And oh — he might also direct the pilot episode, too, if he has the time.
S.H.I.E.L.D, of course, is the Marvel Universe’s supreme spy agency, and stands for “Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate”, though in another life it was known as “Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division”. Mind you, not that it matters. Just know that it’s the biggest, baddest spy agency in the world — big and how bad enough to pull a bunch of superheroes together to fight an alien invasion — and it’s run by Mister Eyepatch himself, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
A “S.H.I.E.L.D” TV series is the first project between Marvel TV and ABC Studios that has gotten the greenlight. Marvel has been trying to get a property up and running on TV for the last few years, with various attempts going down in flames, and others being talked about often, but never really going anywhere (Hi, Hulk!).
If I had to guess, and considering the speed of TV (and the high value of Whedon’s name at the moment), a “S.H.I.E.L.D” TV show could be coming to you pretty fast. Is it too much to hope for a late 2013 bow? Possibly early 2014? “The Avengers 2″ won’t be due out until 2015, and I suspect the sequel is going to take a lot of Whedon’s time just to prep, so if Marvel REALLY wants Whedon to direct the pilot, they’ll put this thing on the fast-track post-haste.
Via : Deadline