AKA Jessica Jones Stays True to ‘Complex’ Character, Writer Says
The writer and producer of AKA Jessica Jones, the planned television adaptation of Marvel’s Alias, says she’s hopeful the traumatized superheroine turned private investigator will find a place on ABC’s fall 2012 lineup.
“It’s still sitting at ABC and we’re hoping to get on the schedule for next fall,” screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg told I Am Rogue while promoting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. “I love this character. That is an incredibly damaged, dark, complex female character that kicks ass. That’s my favorite thing about it.”
Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, Alias debuted in November 2001 and centered on Jessica Jones, an embittered former superheroine who, after a traumatic experience, gives up her costumed identity and opens a detective agency. But once she settles in, she discovers her services are sought by clients with superhero connections.
Rosenberg revealed that the Jessica of the TV series will remain true to her comic-book roots, right down to her costumed past.
“Yeah absolutely, but Jessica Jones is actually a former superhero with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” she said. “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.”
She also confirmed what Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television, revealed at Comic-Con International: that Luke Cage will play a role AKA Jessica Jones. But don’t except their daughter Danielle to appear, at least any time soon.
“That would be way down the road,” Rosenberg said. “When you give your superheroes babies it gets very complicated. I went through that on Dexter, although it gives you some new interesting storytelling.”
A revival of The Incredible Hulk, by Guillermo del Toro and David Eick, is also on course for a fall 2012 premiere on ABC. Live-action adaptations of Marvel properties Cloak & Dagger and Mockingbird are in development at ABC Family, while Fox recently bought an hour-long drama based on The Punisher.