‘Twilight’ Screenwriter to Script ‘Jessica Jones’ TV Series for Marvel

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Jessica Jones 570x294 Twilight Screenwriter to Script Jessica Jones TV Series for Marvel

Less than a week after Marvel and Netflix forged their monumental 4 series/1 miniseries deal, whispers and murmurs about their forthcoming collaborations have already started to slowly filter in through the Internet; just yesterday, word came out that Marvel has begun courting The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard to pen Daredevil (following the company’s reacquisition of rights to the property last year). Now, this morning, Marvel has made their next significant move by approaching screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg about serving as both scribe and executive producer for Jessica Jones.

If Rosenberg’s name doesn’t ring any immediate bells, then mentions of Twilight and Dexter should refresh your memory; she wrote the screenplays for the entirety of the former franchise, and knocked out 8 episodes for the latter program while also pulling double duty as executive producer through its fourth season. As far as Jones herself, she’s one of Marvel’s street level heroes, a former masked vigilante turned private eye following a truly harrowing experience with the Purple Man, one of Daredevil’s nemeses, that left her suffering from PTSD.

The announcement, hailing from Deadline, reads well on paper, though it’s also old news. Ages ago, ABC had Rosenberg prepped and ready to go on their own Jessica Jones project based on the Alias comic book series, though obviously nothing ever came out of that venture; instead, we just have the network’s divisive Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and nary a peep about Jones to date. If anything, Marvel following ABC’s lead, by reaching out to Rosenberg, suggests that she is indeed the right person to tell Jones’ story on the small screen, so in that respect this sounds like a smart move.

But will fans be satisfied? With the books closed on both the saga of Edward and Bella, as well as the tale of Dexter Morgan, Rosenberg’s got an open plate and a need to be kept busy, so she should be able to devote herself to Marvel’s and Netflix’s cause one hundred and ten percent. At the same time, the Twilight stigma might mean Rosenberg’s fighting an uphill battle from the beginning, though her work on Dexter should mean she gets the benefit of the doubt from readers of the comic and general Marvel enthusiasts.

jessica jones Twilight Screenwriter to Script Jessica Jones TV Series for Marvel

What’s really key here, though, is that Marvel clearly believes in their philosophy of keeping each of their shows unique in terms of tone and style. Twilight may be a four letter word to some, but bringing Rosenberg on board for Jessica Jones still feels exciting anyways – it means that the studio isn’t afraid to make unexpected choices for their television pursuits, and it means that they truly want Jessica Jones to feel different from Daredevil, and for Daredevil to feel different from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and so on.

That’s going to make it interesting when Matt Murdock’s and Jones’ separate narratives inevitably intersect in the Defenders miniseries, of course, but it’s great to see that individual identity remains important for Marvel’s television pursuits. Now, the big questions are how much Rosenberg will tinker with Jones’ back story – we could meet her as a detective in the present day and witness her ordeal with the Purple Man in flashback, or the show could start with that awful incident and go forward from there – and how explicit she’ll be able to go with character’s background.

Regardless, this is a great development for Jessica Jones, and it’ll be exciting to see how the rest of the show comes together in the coming months. It could also mean we’re that much closer to finding out who the showrunners for Luke Cage and Iron Fist will be, but as with most things Marvel, we’ll know when we know.

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We’ll keep you posted on Jessica Jones updates as they become available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. It’s over. Marvel is finished.

    • Yes it’s very clear that their brand is at an all time low level of popularity. I’m sure they’ll announce there bankruptcy any day now.

      • Couldn’t agree more with you !
        Sad that many people do just not see it !
        It’s sell out time to the lowest ! Reach everybody,make the shoes fit and then swap over so we get more cash from all the new fresh meat !

        • I’m not sure whether you got that I was being sarcastic… But to be super clear I definitely was.

          • You got sarcastic-sed after being sarcastic hahaha

            • I did didn’t I! I don’t know what’s what anymore.

    • Hyperbole.

      Being the screenwriter for the Twilight series does not mean she is without skill.

      The Twilight Series’ source material was the problem with the franchise, not the way it was adapted for the screen.

      • Agreed, she’s an excellent writer responsible for Dexter’s best season. There was nothing wrong with her contributions to twilight either… In my opinion she crafted some very entertaining soapy melodrama from extremely mundane source material.

        • Twilight did suck in book form as well but the dialogue, though funny, was only funny in how awful they were written. I would be nervous.

        • Really? Ah cool. Thats prbly why they picked her.

  2. Seems to be a pretty stellar team of writers they’re securing for the Netflix deal. As well as that Shield seems to now be figuring out what it is. Can’t think who would be a good fit for the power man and iron fist series… Any ideas?

    • I would love for Kurt Sutter to take on Power Man. Daydreaming, but still.

      • Are there really no African-American writers we can get for Luke Cage? I don’t have anything against Sutter per se, but, really, this is an opportunity that ought to go to a non-white showrunner if possible.

        • Why? The only thing that should matter is the showrunner’s talent, not his/her race.

          • In general, I think Marvel should be making more of an effort to get diversity into their live-action universe, both in front of the camera and behind. Unless I’m not thinking of someone, they have only two women in creative positions on their many projects* (Tancharoen and now Rosenberg) and only one person of color (also Tancharoen) and so, so many white dudes. (They’re also pretty much it if we throw in non-Marvel produced Marvel projects and DC projects for good measure.) An African-American showrunner is going to bring a different perspective to a superhero story than yet another white guy.

            But the “only talent should matter” argument assumes they wouldn’t be able to find an African-American showrunner who’d be talented enough to do the job. But, sure, if they can’t find a decent African-American showrunner, hire a white guy, that’s fine. That’s why I included the caveat of “if possible.” I’m just saying my first instinct would be to try to find an African-American to produce a show about an African-American.

            *Marvel may have some executives that are female and/or non-white. I’m referring here only to people who are film directors or television showrunners, the key creative positions in these media.

            • So Bill Simonson shouldn’t have written Thor stories due to him not being Swedish or Danish in heritage?

              24 was rendered horrible to watch due to the lack of Middle Eastern writers and showrunners during seasons where the main terrorist threat came from Middle Eastern men?

              I don’t think you have a clue what you’re talking about, do you?

              I’ve seen great writing for female characters written by male writers. White men writing for black characters. They worked brilliantly and don’t need to hire a specific colour just to “make a show work best”.

              • All I’m saying is that an African-American writer is going to have a different take on the African-American experience and an African-American character than a white writer would. So, if I were in charge, I’d make it a priority to try to find an African-American showrunner. If I couldn’t find someone who I thought could do the job, then I’d hire the best-qualified person.

                In addition, Marvel and the industry as a whole don’t give enough chances to non-whites and/or females in their hiring decisions, thus limiting the types of voices that contribute to our popular culture. A show about an African-American character seems like a good opportunity to contribute to greater diversity.

                I don’t see why either of these are controversial opinions.

                • Fair point. Well made.

                • Just to clarify, by “best-qualified person,” I didn’t mean to suggest that I would take a unqualified African-American; the hypothetical African-American showrunner would need to be well-qualified as well, as with deezy’s John Ridley suggestion below. That was phrased badly in my original post.

                  • To answer your questions, a couple of talented guys come to mind (African American screenwriters, experience in industry)

                    -Geoffrey Thorne. Writer of TNT’s Leverage, Ben-10, has done comics for Dark Horse, Ape Entertainment, Star Trek Novels, self published novels

                    -John Ridley: wrote Three Kings, Twelve Years A Slave, wrote comic book The American Way

                    -Kevin Griveoux: Underworld franchise, wrote Marvel Comics “New Warriors, I Frankenstein

                    A couple of guys jumping to mind. :-)

                • not just african-american, i hope we can see asian-american or hispanic have a lead role someday. maybe in iron fist?

                • We don’t need an African-american “take” on any Marvel character, we just need someone to adapt an already established story well. I think the point you are trying to make it being directed the wrong way. You obviously want more diversity on camera as well as behind the camera, which is fine. As a black man, I want the same thing but an African-American writer isn’t the answer. A gifted writer is the answer. PERIOD!

              • All I’m saying is that an African-American writer is going to have a different take on the African-American experience and an African-American character than a white writer would. So, if I were in charge, I’d make it a priority to try to find an African-American showrunner. If I couldn’t find someone who I thought could do the job, then I’d hire the best-qualified person.

                In addition, Marvel and the industry as a whole don’t give enough chances to non-whites and/or females in their hiring decisions, thus limiting the types of voices that contribute to our popular culture. A show about an African-American character seems like a good opportunity to contribute to greater diversity.

                I don’t see why either of these are controversial opinions.

                ETA: I don’t know why “make a show work best” is in quotes. You’re not quoting anything I wrote and it doesn’t resemble anything I did write.

                • Sorry for the double-posting; it looked like I was editing my original post.

  3. I’ve seen a few actors attached to Cage, but nothing about writers/runners. I believe the last person who was working on Iron First was Lindleof (gah), but that was a film version and I don’t think DL has a particular fancy for the property.

    • I’d actually be fine with Lindelof… Maybe Jeph Loeb and J. Michael Strayzinski (spell) will throw their hats into the ring.

      • Leaving aside my general preference for giving a shot at running a show to non-white writers, can we not find some new voices? Melissa Rosenberg is at least not tied to either Abrams or Whedon, so that’s something, but, really. Lindelof has his mitts in so many universes.

        • Yep, the same problem I have with Goyer – love your work, but I’ve seen your gritty realistic take on DC now 7 times (if not more).

          Lindleof is a fervent adherent to the Mystery Box method of mythology… I’m not a fan.

  4. Well, she was in charge of what many consider to be the best season of Dexter (Trinity)..so there’s that.

  5. I nominate john Ridley to write Luke Cage. His work on 12 yrs a Slave was great and i liked Red Tails a lot despite its issues.

  6. These netflix marvel shows sound pretty legit! I may just have to nut up and finally get a netflix account.

  7. I can see Daredevil premiering, with a Jessica Jones cameo appearance in multiple episodes, leading to the Purple Man conflict, and a spinoff series based around her PTSD (a la Flash in this season of Arrow). Purple Man could cross over and appear as a villain in the series, either in flashback or as one of her big bads.

    • That actually sounds like a solid start.

    • Marvel better read this comment!

  8. OK, so Marvel is making girl porn now.

  9. Teenage girls LOVE twilight (bad Girl turns bad boys good) there could be a lot of interest in this program.

  10. Now that the Netflix miniseries is moving forward, guess what we need from ScreenRant? The usual pick for who can be Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Can’t wait for you guys to post that one!

    Oh, and please add Charlie Hunnam as one of the candidate for Iron Fist. He’s blond, has athletic body… and Pacific Rim showed he can do handle choreography for the fight nicely as well. Just give him a mask, and pooof, we have Iron Fist at hand! ;)

    • Charlie Hunnam would actually be perfect for Iron Fist. Just a shame Marvel didn’t start the MCU years ago since I would have loved to see Idris Elba as Luke Cage.

  11. In the infamous word of Darth Vader, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!”

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