A live-action Marvel television series in a similar vein as Netflix’s Jessica Jones is reportedly in the works at ABC.
At the Edinburgh TV Festival, Marvel Television’s Senior VP of Original Programming Karim Zreik revealed that a female-focused show, which he described as “Jessica Jones-esque,” was in development, though no further details were provided.
Back in 2010, it was announced that the titular heroine of the current Netflix series would be heading to ABC under the pen of Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. AKA Jessica Jones, as it was titled at that time, was slated to premiere in fall of 2011, though the network eventually decided to pass on the project.
This wasn’t ABC’s only attempt to bring a live-action, female-centric superheroine series to the small screen. Not long after the initial announcement of AKA Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb announced that a series featuring Bobbi Morse’s eponymous Mockingbird was in development with ABC Family (now Freeform). Ultimately, the Mockingbird project was also scrapped, and the character was instead featured as a part of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. An attempt was made to spin her off into another series, but the project stalled at the pilot phase.
While we don’t know when this new Jessica Jones-esque show is expected, viewers can catch the hard-nosed, hard-drinking PI on Marvel’s The Defenders, which is currently streaming on Netflix.
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