Wednesday, August 29, 2012

'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV Series Moves Ahead, Joss Whedon To Write & Possibly Direct


Well, that didn't take long. Mere weeks after inking a 3 year deal with Marvel, parent company Disney has put Joss Whedon to work, and it will find him expanding the comic brand to the small screen.

Deadline reports that Whedon will co-write and possibly direct the pilot for the live-action "S.H.I.E.L.D." if he has room in his schedule. Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen will co-write and, while exact details are still coming together—probably because Whedon still has to put pen to paper (or cursor to screen)—it's a pretty no brainer idea. If Marvel wants to use the small screen to introduce B-level characters that could possibly crossover to the movies, there's no better way to do it than through S.H.I.E.L.D. which could act as a clearing house for that kind of stuff. And we'd reckon that's the way they'll go.

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Octopunk said...

"Exciting times ahead for Marvel and more evidence that they are leaving DC Comics way, way behind."

Very, very true. I feel a little bad for DC but as time goes on the more I that it's not my problem. (Well, it never was MY problem, but I find I'm caring less.)

When it was first announced that the Star Wars franchise was going to have a small-screen identity I had misgivings, I'm feeling the opposite way about this (and of course Marvel's had a TV presence for decades).

JPX said...

My only fear is that a TV budget will make the entire affair look cheap given the FX necessary to pull off a bunch of superheros. Still, I'm intrigued.

Landshark said...

Thought the same thing, JPX. But then I thought of Firefly and how glossy and epic that always felt. And I'm sure the SHIELD budget will dwarf Fireflys. I'd have more misgivings if Whedon's name wasn't attached. Maybe JJ Abrams would be another guy I'd trust to give a tv show the scope it needs (1st couple seasons of Alias felt like weekly Bond films).