ABC has ordered a pilot for a S.H.I.E.L.D. live-action television series, sources have

Joss Whedon, the writer and director of The Avengers, will write the pilot, along with brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Whedon, who recently signed on to write and work on The Avengers 2 as part of a film and TV deal with Marvel, is likely to direct the S.H.I.E.L.D pilot as well.


Both Marvel and ABC are owned by Disney. Marvel has also been developing a Hulk TV series.


This will mark the second time S.H.I.E.L.D. has been features in live-action television. A Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. movie aired on Fox in 1997. David Hasselhoff starred as the title character in the movie, which was written by David Goyer and also featured such characters as Val, Dum-Dum Dugan, Gabriel Jones, Viper, Baron Von Strucker and Arnim Zola.


Whedon has a long history in television, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse.



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