‘Dexter’ Writer & Producer to Script Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ Series on Netflix

By November 13, 2013

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Following the news that Netflix had picked up an epic TV package for four new Marvel series leading to a miniseries culmination of “The Defenders,” news came that The Cabin in the Woods writer Drew Goddard was going to script the “Daredevil” series, and now one of the other shows has a talent attached.

Deadline reports “Dexter” writer and executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, who also scripted the Twilight franchise, is attached to write and executive produce the “Jessica Jones” series. This comes after she was first tapped to being the Marvel heroine to TV for ABC three years ago (which obviously never quite worked out).

As of now, there’s no indication as to how the series will unfold, but here’s an explanation of the character’s origins and powers from Wikipedia:

Midtown High student Jessica Campbell was present when Peter Parker was bitten by the irradiated spider that gave him his powers. She had a crush on him, and had just plucked up the courage to speak to him when he was distracted by the bite. She also had a celebrity crush on teen heart-throb Johnny Storm.

Soon thereafter, Jessica was riding in a car with her family when they collided with a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. Her family was killed and, after spending several months in a coma, she was placed in foster care and adopted by the Jones family. Months later she awoke, stirred by the first coming of Galactus outside her hospital room.

Jessica later discovered that her radiation exposure granted her super strength, limited invulnerability, and flight (which she never fully mastered during her superhero career). The Joneses re-enrolled Jessica at Midtown High, where she was ostracized by her classmates, especially Flash Thompson. Peter Parker (who had since become Spider-Man) sensed in Jessica a kindred spirit — someone who had also lost family due to a tragic circumstance. Jessica mistook his kind attention and lashed out at him, believing he was merely pitying her.

She later witnessed a fight between Spider-Man and the villain Sandman in her own class. This inspired her, in a way she cannot put into words, to use her abilities in a positive light.

Obviously, she won’t come into contact with some of those characters due to rights issues, so we’re not sure how her origin will play out in the series. Jones appeared in the comic book series Alias and The Pulse, and has gone by names like Jewel, Knightress, and currently Power Woman. In the latter series, she teamed up with Luke Cage, one of the other characters with a Netflix series in the works leading up to “The Defenders.”

It’s still unclear how soon this series will get off the ground since “Daredevil” is first and the Marvel deal was said to take place over multiple years. Stay tuned for news on all these Marvel series as this unprecedented deal unfolds.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.