Showing that they were anxious to pass the Hollywood IQ test about spinning off a popular movie into a TV show run by an experienced TV vet who also directed the popular movie, ABC has ordered a pilot for a SHIELD TV show, to be guided by AVENGERS director Joss Whedon, Deadline reports. Whedon will co-write the pilot along with brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (who is Jed’s wife). This is the trio responsible for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and other Whedon-verse projects, so get ready to start that letter writing campaign right now.
While, to paraphrase one Deadline commenter, nerd-boners approached apogee at this news of a TV show covering the Marvel Universe’s espionage and adventure arm, there was nerd sorrow over the idea that Nick Fury would not be a recurring character, since Samuel L. Jackson will probably not want to do a weekly TV show, should this pilot get picked up—and Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill is also locked down on How I Met Your Mother.
To which we reply, it’s so sad that Whedon and his team have no experience creating vibrant, much loved TV characters. Back to apogee!
Whedon recently signed a long term deal with Disney/Marvel, which will see him developing film and TV series at the studio through 2015’s AVENGERS 2. Although directing that blockbuster will be time consuming, Whedon definitely has some time to throw together a TV show befire then.
Although many Marvel shows have been kicking around in development, including the Hulk and a failed Jessica Jones show, this is the first to go to pilot.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.