AKA Jessica Jones heads for TV
In November, it was announced that ABC was developing three Marvel properties into television shows. After all, Disney owns Marvel and ABC, it’s silly not to merge the two like chocolate and peanut butter.
The original announcement… announced that two of the three were Incredible Hulk and Cloak & Dagger . The former has been done successfully back in the 70’s, and the latter seems like a really natural fit for television.
Traditionally superheroes have had a shaky transition to TV. For every Smallville, there is a Black Scorpion, and I doubt I need to bring up the dazzling failure that was Heroes.
The third property, announced today, could be the best of the three: AKA Jessica Jones. The name had to be changed from the comic’s title, “Alias,” because of the Jennifer Garner show of the same name.
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.
Who could make this great concept awesome? Melissa Rosenberg, writer for Dexter, Birds of Prey, and coughcoughTampon Commercialscoughcough. But she can be forgiven for writing that last one because of the other two and.. and because of this:
“AKA Jessica Jones” will also mark the launch of Rosenberg’s Tall Girls Prods. banner. The scribe, who’s a former exec producer on “Dexter,” is starting Tall Girls in order to create and produce projects featuring large, complex female roles.
Hooray for that! Disney execs hope to bring Marvel to TV by 2012.
*”Tampon Commercial” is our code word for the Sparkly Vampire Franchise That Shall Not Be Named.