ABC has passed on "AKA Jessica Jones," the drama pilot based on Marvel's "Alias" series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, TheWrap reports.
However, President Paul Lee revealed today during the network's upfront presentation that the long-discussed revival of "The Incredible Hulk" by Guillermo del Toro and David Eick is still a possibility for the 2013-2014 season. He also acknowledged there are other Marvel projects in development, "but none that I can talk about at this point."
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. Producer 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.
That last updates about "The Incredible Hulk" came in August, when Lee said hoped to see the pilot this spring, along with "AKA Jessica Jones," and del Toro stressed that the series would exist in a separate continuity from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character's depiction in the $1 billion blockbuster "The Avengers" has proved so popular that one Marvel executive says the Disney-owned company could "spin him off to a stand-alone program next year," supported by his own film in 2015.
ABC Family, a subsidiary of the Disney-ABC Television Group, is developing live-action series based on two other Marvel properties, Mockingbird and Cloak & Dagger.