ABC boss talks Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.

News Louisa Mellor 11 Jan 2013 - 07:01

ABC’s Paul Lee confirms that Joss Whedon is already writing post-pilot scripts for Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D...

Despite not yet having seen the pilot or awarded it a series order, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee seems very confident that Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. has a long future at the network - presumably he’s never heard the one about counting your chickens before they’re hatched. Saying that, when your un-hatched chickens are Joss Whedon, Marvel, and a spin-off of one of 2012’s most successful films, you can probably get counting. 

Speaking at ABC chunk of the TCA press tour about S.H.I.E.L.D. (that’s a lot of acronyms for one sentence), Lee told critics that Joss Whedon is “already working on the scripts for the series.” That all works out nicely as Lee’s plans for S.H.I.E.L.D. are for it to “go not just from pilot but to series, and not just from series but to last a long time. […] We’d love to do that and we’re able to be much more ambitious on television because of the technology available.” 

Lee confirmed he would be fast-tracking the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot as the first to be watched by the network, and that ABC was planning ahead to work around Whedon’s film schedule for The Avengers 2.

Having seen the pilot script, he told critics that “there are a lot of really funny male/female relationships that go through it. But it’s also Joss too, and there’s a lot of action.” His hopes are for the show to be a cross-quadrant hit, attracting a multi-age, male and female audience:  “Marvel has the ability to bring the whole family around it”. 

If all goes to plan, we could be seeing the first episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. as early as this autumn. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

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