Marvel Studios’ First TV Show Will be … AKA Jessica Jones?

Marvel’s got Guillermo Del Toro working on a new “Hulk” series for TV as part of their master plan to dominate the TV airwaves with their catalog of superheroes, so of course they’ll be trying to get that out onto the airwaves first. Right? Um, probably not. Variety is reporting that “Twilight” scribe Melissa Rosenberg is working on adapting another Marvel superhero property that you’ve probably never heard of called “AKA Jessica Jones”, and that the development is far enough along that it will probably end up as Marvel’s first show on TV, this one on ABC.

The comic book was created by Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos back in 2001, and was originally called “Alias”. Obviously that title is a non-starter, now that the show has landed at ABC. (Remember that Jennifer Garner spy show from that J.J. Abrams guy of the same name on the same network not all that long ago?)

So what exactly is “AKA Jessica Jones”? Here’s a little background on the character:

Part of Marvel’s Max line of more mature comicbook titles, the character is a superhero (“Jewel”) who winds up with post-traumatic stress disorder and gets out of that biz.

Jessica, now in her early 30s, decides to keep far away from others gifted with superpowers and to open her own detective agency. But once she settles down, she realizes she still has a drive to help people — and finds herself assisting other superheroes.

Rosenberg will write and produce the show, with original co-creator Bendis coming onboard as a “consultant”, whatever that means.



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  • blackfox

    this sounds awesome. But on ABC that means it will be family fare. Although Bendis is involved all were missing is a Luke Cage cameo.

    • Juggernaut

      I say Boris Kodjoe of J.J. Abrams cancelled Undercovers star as Luke Cage.

  • Kafka Sometimes

    Alias was a great comic, and while I completely understand not wanting to call the TV show that, I have to wonder…was “AKA Jessica Jones” the best title they could think of? It could be me, but I just don’t think it has any kind of ring to it.

    Also, ABC seems like a terrible choice for this show. They’re going to have to water down the character a lot in order to make this work for that network.

  • ulik

    “AKA Jessica Jones” has a real street, or urban ring to it which would work for this. I think this could be really good being that Rosenberg has written great stories for “Dexter” and Bendis will actually be involved too.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Agreed! I look forward to this. And Juggernaut. yeah Boris Kodjoe wolud make a decent Luke Cage for TV.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    star wars tv show will whoop them all

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    also i would have rather seen elektra as a tv show

    • Theagent0fgod

      Yeah true, that film felt like a pilot for an Elektra film not like a motion picture.

  • Someone

    a bit off topic, but since we’re talking about adult oriented female superheroes from comics:

    how about kabuki by david mack? particularly “the alchemy” limited series,
    would there ever be a decent enough movie for that? (hopefully 2d animated,
    like the animatrix?)