Despite having links to both Marvel and Lucasfilm, ABC aren’t exactly taking advantage of that right now. Their only offering from either is Agents of SHIELD. Since the series was bumped to a 10pm slot, there have been concerns that show is being edged out. However, the network’s President, Channing Dungey, has addressed those concerns and talked about future shows linked to those successful film franchises.
While talking to EW Dungey was full of praise for SHIELD, ahead of their midseason premiere. “Season 4 of Agents of SHIELD has been creatively the strongest season we’ve had yet,” she said. “The episodes just keep getting better and stronger.”
Will that strong performance lead to a fifth season? It sounds like something Dungey is passionate about. When asked if a renewal was planned she said, “Absolutely. I’m very bullish on SHIELD and we’re also really excited about our production with Marvel, ABC Studios, and IMAX, which we are working on for next fall as well.”
The network is producing an Inhumans series alongside Marvel and IMAX. By the sounds of things, that deal could see some IMAX filming for SHIELD, too. With those two set to air in September, ABC can take their time with future projects. That includes a new show from 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley. He’s been developing a Marvel property for a while now, and it sounds like they’re in no rush to get that to screen:
John is working on a rewrite of that script for Marvel at the moment. We have not seen a new version of it. He’s been on production of his show, over in London, and on season 3 of American Crime, so those are the things that have been top of mind for him of late. But I have heard from Marvel that he is working on a revision to that script.
There were also reports that ABC were hoping to secure a Star Wars show. Since moving to Disney, they’ve floated the idea of first live-action series set in a galaxy far, far away. However, it doesn’t sound like that’s happening any time soon:
We have had some conversations in general about wanting to find a way to bring something from the Lucas Star Wars Universe to ABC, but that’s far into the future. The focus at the moment for Lucas is on the current stuff that they’re doing on the film side and then, of course, they do have the stuff that they are doing on XD.