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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.


  • Rasx

    Would watch this just to see what they’ll do with Luke Cage.

  • Trey

    if anyone thinks this will last beyond 2-3 episodes, you are on crack

  • Buzzworks

    I hate to be pessmisstic, but I don’t see how this can be a series on television. She’ll have her powers? She will interact with various members of the superhero community? Um. For example, take the arc where she meets a Rick Jones impersonator. Rick Jones has 60 years of continuity attached. Are they going to casually mention events like the Kree-Skrull War? I am being facetious, but I would imagine only generic heroes and villians will be introduced, otherwise there are all the different copyrights issues.

  • RunnerX13

    I thought Jessica Jones was Spider-Woman, but that’s Jessica Drew. 

  • 0bsessions

    I may be way off base, but I recall that being intentional. As I remember, when Bendis first did Alias, he initially intended the protagonist to be Jessica Drew, but Marvel wouldn’t allow it.

  • kalorama

    Now that Marvel is running their own studio, the only copyright issues with those characters  that they’ve previously licensed/sold the film/TV rights to (Spider-Man, FF, DD). They own all the rest and can do what they want with them.

  • Steve

    And Marvel and ABC are both owned by Disney (Hence the glut of Marvel related material in development at ABC), so I don’t see copyright being a major issue as the copyrights are already all in the same hands. 

  • Summer

    There’s a few conflicting stories there. Here, though, Bendis states that this wasn’t the case.

  • WonderScott

    IDK…  I’ll hope for the best, but I think Jessica would do better on an AMC or HBO.  Hopefully the show will at least get the 10pm time slot.

  • DocSpin

    Free Luke Cage — kill Jessica Jone!

  • Monkeyhelpertrainer

    Wasn’t Ms.Marvel supposed to appear in this?

  • JimMacLeod

    That’s not really fair. Everything is better on AMC or HBO. 

  • Nobody

    Best way to deal with that issue: By not using storylines that have monstrous amounts of continuity attached.  Nobody has claimed they’re going to follow the comic 100%.