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Rosenberg Says A.K.A. Jessica Jones Show Still Possible, Let me Hoist My Hopes High Once Again

Welcome to this post. Please enjoy this panel of Jessica Jones clocking Doctor Doom with a fire hydrant that she presumably just pulled out of the sidewalk. We’re here to talk about the potential series AKA Jessica Jones that’s currently somewhere in pre-production television land. There’s lots of reasons why it should become a show, and apparently Marvel Entertainment hasn’t quite given up on it yet.

At least according to Spinoff, who’ve quoted producer Melissa Rosenberg as saying “Marvel is trying to set it up somewhere else. They’re looking at a lot of different possibilities.” As well they should.

The series is produced and written by Rosenberg, a writing/producing veteran of Dexter, The O.C., and Birds of Prey who managed to turn the unenviable task of writing the screen adaptations of the Twilight movies into a gig as the highest grossing female screenwriter of all time. AKA Jessica Jones is set up to take place within the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, just like S.H.I.E.L.D. It will also feature fan favorite Luke Cage, a character any number of black actors have already voiced a life-long ambition to play.

Aside from Joss Whedon‘s S.H.I.E.L.D., which is being sped through ABC’s pilot approval process and is guaranteed to make it to full series status, every other live action Marvel television project is stalled: The Hulk is falling to the same ailment as every Guillermo del Toro project: the fact that the guy is just too busy; Fox’s proposed Punisher project hasn’t been heard from since its announcement; Cloak and Dagger and Mockingbird, two other Marvel tv possibilites, haven’t voiced a peep. AKA Jessica Jones is apparently written, has a willing producer, and is just trying to find a network to sponsor a pilot.

And last, though perhaps less important to folks who decide on content for television networks, it would be the first anything to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a solo female lead.

(via Spinoff.)

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  • ACF

    Well, I can’t say I’m expecting it to happen, but then I wouldn’t have thought shield would happen either; needless to say, I hope it does. I wonder who else will show up; I’d love to see a show kind of like the recent Heroes for Hire series, with a wide network of heroes, but it seems like it’d be hard to pull off production-wise.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t she say Ms. Marvel and Luke Cage were major characters? That might be a big problem depending on whether or not Marvel Studios wants to actually utilize them in the movies.
    Actually Alias itself was kinda the superhero version of Forrest Gump so that would wreak havoc on the budget anyway.

  • Dre

    I dearly love Alias. I really hope show finds a home. :)

  • Anonymous

    I think, sadly, Marvel is more likely to place a character like Luke Cage on a TV show cast than they are on a big budget film like the Avengers (or back a movie about Luke Cage). That being said, I would be thrilled anyway if he showed up in a JJ show (how could he not?). I would be extra, super-duper thrilled if Isaiah Mustafah got the role. Guy wants it SOOO bad.

    Ms. Marvel is interesting, because she’s kind of Marvel’s answer to Wonder Woman. They may very well want to put her in the Avengers movie franchises, which would basically seal up her ability to be on a show. Plus, if they’re rebooting X-Men, they’ll definitely want their options open with Rogue and her iconic power set. Bummer. :/

    But maybe instead of MM, they’d have She-Hulk? Jen’s lawyer persona could fit really well with the pedestrian nature of JJ as a reporter and Luke as her husband.

    Now the question is who they want to cast for JJ.

  • hinoema

    THIS is what Jamie Alexander needs to be doing.

  • Eric Schissel

    ” it would be the first anything to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a solo female lead.” – is one being picky in asking if the 2005 film Elektra is at least sort-of an exception? Haven’t seen it though (the movie- I’m fairly familiar with the comics though not always all the arcs the movie may be based on, &c … )