It’s been almost a year since the first announcement that Marvel and ABC would be bringing the character of Jessica Jones to television with a television series AKA Jessica Jones, and aside from an announcement that characters like Luke Cage and Carol Danvers would be part of the show, things have been relatively quiet about the project.
When promoting the new film Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Melissa Rosenberg, the writer of the movie who is also doing AKA Jessica Jones, spoke with the website I Am Rogue about her take on the character, who first appeared in Marve’s Alias #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Because Alias is a title that’s already been used for a television show on ABC (perhaps you’ve heard of it), the alternative name has been chosen… which led Rosenberg herself to joke that maybe they could get Jennifer Garner for the role.
“Brian Michael Bendis is such an amazing storyteller,” she said when describing the comic that will inspire the TV show. “I read that comic book and I completely saw it on screen. There are things I took directly from the comic book and just put in the script. That was so much fun to do.” As for the current status of the project, Rosenberg says it’s “still sitting at ABC” and “we’re hoping to get on the schedule for next fall.” (AKA Jessica Jones isn’t the only Marvel project in the mix – a new take on The Hulk is also in the cards)
She confirms that Luke Cage will be present but the baby that he and Jessica have wouldn’t come until “way down the road.” “When you give your superheroes babies it gets very complicated,” she says. “I went through that on Dexter, although it gives you some new interesting storytelling.”
“I love this character,” she says of Jessica Jones. “That is an incredibly damaged, dark, complex female character that kicks ass. That’s my favorite thing about it.”
You can read the full I Am Rogue interview here.