Joss Whedon S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot in the works at ABC
Last month, there were reports that ABC and Marvel were in talks to develop an Avengers themed live-action television show. Well, dreams do come true, because last night Deadline reported that “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.” Whaaaaaaaat? And the internet exploded. Also, my brain. Still picking up the pieces. Doing the Dance of Joy, dream casting, etc.
I mean, obviously Enver Gjokaj will have to be a regular. Obviously. But who will Amy Acker play? Is there a chance that Gina Torres and Charisma Carpenter could get out of their regular gigs for guest-starring arcs? When will Summer Glau appear? And will her character be insane and/or a robot? When will Tahmoh Penikett’s first shirtless boxing scene take place? Adam Baldwin would make a prettttttty great S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, just saying. And what about Alexis Denisof? Is there room for a scruffy Marlboro Man type using a fake British accent? And shouldn’t Olivia Williams be running S.H.I.E.L.D. or what? (Dollhouse 2009-2010. Never forget.) Woah. I know, I know. I need to calm down. Here’s what we know so far, via Deadline:
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 [...] 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 gang is getting back together! I loved Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen’s work on Dr. Horrible and Dollhouse, so I love the idea of them running this new project. And Jeffrey Bell worked on Angel, so that’s a great choice. (Pssst, Jeffrey. Don’t forget about Amy and Alexis. You miiiiiight be familiar with their work.) So forgive me as I implode over this Whedonesque TV project. So long, farewell …