The show will be written by Joss Whedon.
Deadline reported last night that ABC has officially ordered a pilot for a new show entitled S.H.I.E.L.D., based in the Marvel cinematic universe. As reported last month, the show will be written by Joss Whedon along with his brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen. The three will also serve as producers along with Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb. Whedon will also direct the pilot episode.
We've known that Whedon was working on a Marvel television show, the only question was what corner of the universe would the show focus on. Rumors ranged from Heroes for Hire to a West Coast Avengers team. Honestly, though, focusing on S.H.I.E.L.D., which has been featured heavily in the movies, is a safe move that allows Marvel to tap into a wide range of heroes and villains to focus on.
In addition, ABC, a sister company of Marvel, is probably the best home for such a show. ABC's has had success with high concept shows such as LOST, Alias or Once Upon a Time, and should easily find a place in its schedule to allow the show to grow and thrive (a problem Whedon has faced with past shows such as Firefly and Dollhouse).