Melissa Rosenberg to Oversee Marvel's Jessica Jones Series for Netflix
The "Twilight" screenwriter was previously attached to develop "AKA Jessica Jones" at ABC.
Melissa Rosenberg will write and produce a series based on Marvel's Jessica Jones character for Netflix, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Rosenberg will serve as a writer and executive producer.
Rosenberg, screenwriter for the Twilight films, was tapped years ago to develop AKA Jessica Jones, a drama revolving around the Marvel hero at ABC, but the series never materialized. Rosenberg most recently ran ABC's Red Widow.
The Jessica Jones series is one of four centered on Marvel heroes that Netflix is developing. The streaming service has committed to a minimum of four 13-episode series, which will begin rolling out in 2015 and is slated to culminate in a miniseries about The Defenders, a dream team of heroic characters.
Other heroes slated to get their own Netflix shows include Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. In the comics, Jessica Jones first appeared in 2001's Alias No. 1, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. She was a private detective and former superhero who'd had a lackluster career and quit after suffering an incident that left her in a coma.
The Marvel/Netflix deal came months after Marvel launched its first live-action primetime scripted drama, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, which ABC picked up for a full season in October. Marvel is also eyeing a potential series that would center on Agent Carter, the character played by Hayley Atwell in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. The series would be based on a one-shot featured on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray.
Comic book characters have remained hot commodities this development season, with Fox giving a straight-to-series order for a Commissioner Gordon-centered Batman prequel, The CW prepping a potential Arrow spinoff focused on Flash, as well as a drama based on DC Comics hero Hourman, just to name a few.
Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.