‘Twilight’ Writer Talks ‘A.K.A Jessica Jones’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:30 am,

The comic book Alias – not to be confused with the J.J. Abrams spy show of the same name – is widely considered to be one of Brian Michael Bendis’ best works as a comic book writer (it’s also the reason that Marvel’s Max Imprint exists).

It was announced earlier this year that Alias would be developed for TV as A.K.A. Jessica Jones, and today we have word from the writer, Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight), on what we can expect.

On the original book by Brian Bendis – courtesy of I Am Rogue – Rosenberg said:

“Brian Michael Bendis is such an amazing storyteller. I read that comic book & I completely saw it on screen. There’re things I took directly from the comic book and just put in the script. That was so much fun to do.”

On the status of the show:

“It’s still sitting at ABC and we’re hoping to get on the schedule for next fall. I love this character. That is an incredibly damaged, dark, complex female character that kicks ass. That’s my favorite thing about it.”

Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in AKA Jessica Jones Twilight Writer Talks A.K.A Jessica Jones

On whether or not A.K.A. will stick closely to the “superhero turned private detective” source material:

“Yeah, absolutely, but Jessica Jones is actually a former superhero with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. My psychologist father-in-law said, ‘I don’t know why all superheroes aren’t PTSD.’ It’s a trip. So she is wrestling with having this damaged past and still trying to contribute something to the world.”

On whether or not Luke Cage – A.K.A. Power Man – will show up and if he and Jessica will have a child, like in the comics:

“Luke Cage is in there. Absolutely, I love that character.  [Jones and Cage’s child, Danielle] would be way down the road. When you give your superheroes babies it gets very complicated. I went through that on ‘Dexter,’ although it gives you some new interesting storytelling.”

On whether or not she was a fan of comic books before writing A.K.A.:

“I don’t read a lot of them (comic books). ABC gave that one to me and I had never heard of it or Brian Michael Bendis. But now I’m a fan, he’s really so great. But I was new to it, for sure.”

Despite the fact that Melissa Rosenberg has written episodes of Dexter, her writing resume otherwise (The OC, Step Up, the short-lived and terrible Birds of Prey TV show, and the Twilight films) doesn’t exactly scream “dark” and “gritty”  – or realistically emotional, for that matter. Still, if she’s more or less transcribing the comic book into a teleplay, personal style might not make much of a difference.

It’s interesting that there are currently three TV shows being adapted from Brian Michael Bendis comic books: Ultimate Spider-Man, Powers, and A.K.A. Jessica Jones. While the man has arguably begun to stagnate creatively in his native art form (his talking-head Avengers books are beginning to bore even hardcore Bendis fans), these shows are major reminders that he has more than a few excellent books in his comicography.

Are you guys looking forward to A.K.A. Jessica Jones? Let us know in the comments.


Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

A.K.A. Jessica Jones is being developed for next fall on ABC.

Source: I Am Rogue

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  1. I’m not hopeful that she’s the right one to do this.

  2. She’s done a bad job on the Twilight books. They should get the screenwriter from Harry Potter instead.

  3. Lol Marvel Studios yet again goin cheap. Her credits are The OC, Step Up, the short-lived and terrible Birds of Prey TV show, and the Twilight film — Marvel loves picking the short straw.

    Second, do we even care about this character. I dont lol. Why is Luke Cage a secondary character instead of getting his own proper intro. Marvel Fail.

    Luke Cage > This chick.
    Danny Reid > this chick
    Heroes for hire > this chick
    Dr Strange > this chick
    Black Panther > this chick

    • The character’s top notch. The book is top notch. Honestly, this is the sort of book that SHOULD be made for television. It’s not just “superhero does good things” or whatever the plot would be for some of those shows. It’s an interesting show about an ex-superheroine who becomes a private detective. That’s fun!

      At this point, TV show versions of the characters you mention wouldn’t do them justice (well, maybe Iron First and Dr. Strange — but Luke Cage, Heroes for Hire, and Black Panther all deserve films and need that sort of budget to be pulled off).

      I agree with you, though, that Marvel needs to start pulling real talent and whether or not said talent is suited to the subject material instead of hiring based solely on pay rate.

      • I’ll prolly pay it some homage now that tou mentioned it. But the writer (and her credits) still has me less than enthused. lol

        Im also nay excited for Cloak & Dagger b/c its set in my homestate. I can only see them making a mockery of louisiana with stupid clichès and horrible accents like Tue Blood does.

  4. Really don’t care for this character, but it’s Marvel so I’ll give it a shot. I’m looking WAY more forward to Cloak and Dagger.