Joss Whedon eyes S.H.I.E.L.D. going beyond pilot
After the major success of Marvel’s The Avengers this past summer, it’s no wonder The Walt Disney Company wants to extend the franchise from the silver screen to the small screen with ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Recently there have been numerous castings for the upcoming show, which has yet to be turned into a series, and who better to direct the pilot than the genius behind the film? Joss Whedon has reportedly already finished the script for the pilot and is now working on multiple scripts for the show if it is ordered into series.
“He’s already working on the scripts for the series,” said [ABC President Paul] Lee. “We will have to work. We shot it in Los Angeles to make sure that he is free to work across his feature life and his television life, but I love to see Joss who of course has made many great television shows in his day, enjoying television as much as movies. That’s flattering for us. We love that.”
Lee is hopeful the show will turn into series as well as lasting for many years to come. He compares the budget of the show to their hit-fantasy drama, Once Upon a Time. A show that features multiple characters beyond just one or two stories’ makes for an expensive show; so another show that requires the studio to fund another set of characters spanning across multiple comics will require investments above the typical primetime drama.
“First of all, how wonderful is it, my boss Bob Iger buys Marvel and they have created the biggest franchise of the year with The Avengers,” related Lee. “How wonderful is it for ABC to be able to use the core talent from that and not just use the Marvel brand but the Avengers franchise for a show that is not exactly about The Avengers but is attached to it. For us to have Joss Whedon not only in the show, but passionate about the show, directing and writing the pilot, and he’s very engaged with the series if we go to series.”
S.H.I.E.L.D. is scheduled to premiere in Fall 2013, before all other ABC shows.
Source: Crave Online