Although ABC passed on AKA Jessica Jones, the pilot based on Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, the project’s producer insists the Marvel drama still has life in it.
“Marvel is trying to set it up somewhere else,” Melissa Rosenberg told IGN at the Television Critics Association’s winter tour. “They’re looking at a lot of different possibilities.”
Announced in December 2010, AKA Jessica Jones centered an embittered former superheroine who, after a traumatic experience, gives up her costumed identity and opens a detective agency. However, once she settles in, she discovers her services are sought by clients with superhero connections. Melissa Rosenberg, best known for her work on the Twilight franchise and Showtime’s Dexter, had said her pilot script included Luke Cage and Carol Danvers in prominent supporting roles.
While she acknowledged the possibility the drama could end up back at ABC, Marvel’s corporate sibling, Rosenberg told IGN it may be better suited for cable television. “I don’t know if it’s an ABC show,” she said. “It might be a cable show, really. The graphic novel is the first one that Marvel did that was meant to serve an adult audience. I toned it down a little bit for network, but it’s very, very easy to translate that into cable. Very easy. God I love that project […] it’s one of my favorite things that I’ve ever written.”
ABC is fast-tracking Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D., which centers on the Marvel Universe’s global espionage and law-enforcement agency, with the pilot set to begin filming Jan. 22. However, the planned revival of The Incredible Hulk, the first live-action Marvel television project announced following its purchase by Disney, appears to be in limbo, with co-producer Guillermo del Toro revealing recently that, “I haven’t heard anything in months about the show.”