‘Twilight’ Scribe Readies Marvel ‘Jessica Jones’ TV Project For ABC

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:46 pm,

jessica jones Twilight Scribe Readies Marvel Jessica Jones TV Project For ABC

Worried about getting your superhero serial fix once Smallville is finally put out to pasture? Don’t be. Between NBC’s The Cape, ABC’s No Ordinary Family, a possible Raven adaptation on CW and the forthcoming Hulk on ABC, comic book fans won’t be short of new shows to choose from.

ABC is currently preparing AKA Jessica Jones, a series based on Marvel super-heroine Jewel. Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter of all five Twilight films, is set to write and executive produce.

Jessica Jones is a minor character in the Marvel universe, first appearing in her own comic series Alias (no relation to the TV show) from 2001-2004. She’s appeared alongside more mainstream Marvel properties ever since. A contemporary of Peter Parker, the comic version Jessica/Jewel possesses super-strength and flight abilities. The ABC project may differ greatly from its source material, however.

According to sources close to the creators, the TV version of Jessica Jones will operate her own detective agency after suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Her new gumshoe gig will allow her to serve the public good and will bring her in contact with other Marvel superheroes.

If you’re disheartened by the idea of a superhero project in the hands of someone best known for teenage vampires, hold your judgment for now. Rosenberg also has writing and production credits on shows like Dexter and the failed Batman spin-off Birds of Prey. Other names attached to the project include executive producers Jeph Loeb (Heroes, Smallville), Alan Fine (Iron Man 2) and Joe Quesada, who’s worked on all of Marvel’s recent animated shows. The character’s comic creator Brian Michael Bendis is a creative consultant.

ABC’s parent company Disney is clearly ready to make good on its acquisition of Marvel Comics late last year. With ABC laying claim to Marvel properties and The CW (Warner Bros.) providing DC Comics adaptations, the television landscape is starting to mirror that of the rival comic book publishers.

Assuming that Raven is greenlit for production on The CW, the two shows will be competing for a slice of viewership that’s grown surprisingly lucrative: female sci-fi fantasy fans. Both characters are self-reliant and deeply flawed, traits that might resonate with fans of the Twilight series and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Combined with the Guillermo del Toro reboot of the Hulk television series, the combination could provide a one-two punch for ABC to grab both male and female viewership.

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ABC isn’t wasting any time in bringing Jewel to the small screen. Though no cast information is available at present and the network has not yet pulled the trigger on a full order, AKA Jessica Jones is tentatively planned for a fall 2011 debut.

Source: Variety

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  1. Where’s the difference from the source material? That is pretty much a summary of Alias.

  2. seems lame – i understand who she is blah blah blah, but why not someone with a better background/story line.

    • I think, and I may be wrong, that it’s the tie-in possibilities. One of the projects that Marvel is supposedly working on is either Luke Cage or Heroes for Hire. That opens up quite a bit.

  3. At first I was immediately turned off by the idea but, I love Jessica Jones. Does this mean we’ll get to see Purple Man? I wonder if *SPOILERS* they’ll include her getting beaten to a pulp by the Avengers?

  4. ABC:

    Please just give us a spin-off to Smallville. METROPOLIS – starring Tom Welling as Superman, Erica Durance as Lois Lane.

    Budget: 5 million $$ per episode.

    THAT’s WHAT I WANT!!!!!!


    • haha me 2

    • YES.

  5. My Marvel knowledge is rusty but wasn’t she also Spider-Woman? I’ve never read or watched anything related to Twilight so I can’t speak to the quality of that work…but hopefully this will be worth watching. For some reason I see ‘ABC Family’ all over it – which is not to denigrate that network.

    As for the mention of the ‘failed’ Birds of Prey series, it failed only because the producers veered wildy(!!) from the source material. If done accurately, that could have been a fantastic series & a worthy companion to the Smallville universe. Plus, Dina Meyer was perfect as Oracle. :)

    • That’s Jessica Drew you’re thinking of. :)
      I most definitely agree that an accurate to the source BoP could’ve been PHENOMENAL, but definitely as far away as possible from the Smallville universe.

      • Ah, thanks. Too many Jessicas to contend with. I think I’d prefer the Spider-Woman version. :)

        Agreed about BOP. I worded my response poorly. It would have been a great companion as a comic property within that genre. Not that they could have had crossovers or shared story arcs. The timelines would have been far too skewed if Batman and Superman were to ever meet.

        • Yeah you got it right Jason, family friendly to a fault most likely. If you watched Smallville and didn’t think that it had enough balls (which I’m not saying, for the record) then Jewel, AKA Jessica Jones is gonna castrate you even more.

  6. it kind of sounds like they’re trying to turn this into a marvel version of Smallville, i guess it might work, but it might fare better with a slightly wider known character… LIKE DAZZLER!

  7. At least this leaves an opening for fans to see luke cage and iron fist =)

  8. This will open the door to so many other characters because Jessica Jones is the new Kevin Bacon of Marvel characters. She has a link to just about every street level superhero or villain out there. The “Heroes for Hire”
    link is already a given but we might have to wait a while before we see Luke and Danny. Immediate cameos may be ***Purple Man, **Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk, *Daughters of the Dragon, Moonknight, Jessica Drew, Carol Danvers, S.H.I.E.L.D, Scott Lang and many others. I like the title because it has a nice urban tone to it “AKA Jessica Jones”. With Rosenberg’s work on “Dexter” and Bendis being involved, this show has the potential to be very good and even though it will be on ABC, I don’t think it will be kiddy or family friendly.

  9. One thing is also true: If this is a go and The Hulk is around, I would not be shocked in a crossover episode.

    I don’t mind the character. But it does sound a bit close to Moon Knight (personality disorder) and Misty Knight (“Daughters Of The Dragon/Nightwing Restorations) Still, it would have to stand out from the pack. It could get rather rough- and I’d much rather have thought a Silver Sable route would have been more on an agenda (if not Daughters Of The Dragon’) but this may have been an easier pitch.

    I doubt that (with the exception of The Hulk or related characters on that show) Jones will run into other Marvel related characters. The show would have to establish itself within a first season. However, I would not rule out “Frank Castle” or a “Foolkiller” type, nor would I rule out a cameo from Clark Gregg as SHIELD agent Coulson.

    (The latter would be a coup!)

  10. This just in, Jewel canceled mid season because nobody knew her and nobody cared. This is like DC making a series about Booster Gold.

    • Actually it’s very common series with new (hence unknown) characters make major success :) If the characters and story are well constructed, people will care about her.

    • Just remember that ‘The Hulk’ book really didn’t take off until the 70s TV series. Just sayin’.

  11. Why not do a better story using Misty Knight and Collen Wing? They’re deeply rooted in the Marvelverse as detectives.
    They can do the whole Charlies Angels thing. only minis one Angel and Charlie. LOL.
    Then they can bring in side characters like Shang Chi. Besides, I’d love to see Misty’s fro!!!