For almost a year now, ABC has been developing the TV series AKA Jessica Jones, featuring the character that originated in the Alias comic book who is now one of the main characters in the New Avengers.
Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote the pilot script, has been taking on the press lately so she can promote the new Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn, which comes out next week. HitFix was one of the outlets that was able to talk to her, and they learned from her that Jessica Jones does indeed take place in the larger “cinematic” Marvel Universe…. in fact, Tony Stark and Stark Industries (from Iron Man) are mentioned in the current pilot script.
“It’s very tricky navigation there,” Rosenberg confirms. “You can’t mention one guy because Fox has the rights to that guy and Universal has the rights to the other one. There are a lot of boundaries on who you can and can’t use.”
“I had Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and Carol Danvers [for the pilot script],” she reveals. “Basically, I wanted those three guys — then I would have a series. Everyone else we can be digging into lesser known characters or taking known characters and renaming them.”
Renaming characters sounds like a very bad idea, so let’s hope that doesn’t happen too often. (Remember Birds of Prey’s “Darkstrike?” Yeah…)
“As we go along things will alter in terms of what is made available to us, but we’re definitely in that universe,” she says. “We are in no way denying that that universe exists. And as much as I can I’m going to pull everything in from there that I can use.”
So could this mean characters like Agent Coulson from the movies may show? How about Nick Fury? Guess we’ll know if AKA Jessica Jones actually lands on the ABC schedule… at the moment, it’s still at the script stage without even a pilot filming order. That could change within the next weeks and months.