The comic book source material for Jessica Jones, a Marvel MAX title called Alias, has sometimes baffled critics and fans: how will it be translated? Can it work for TV? The book is pretty dark, after all, and Jones herself not always sympathetic.
Of course, they cast Krysten Ritter in the role. TV audiences saw -- and in many cases applauded -- her character choke slowly to death on her own vomit after an overdose on Breaking Bad and her most recent series called her a "b----" in its title.
And now that the series has moved from ABC, where it was in development for a while before collapsing under its own weight, to Netflix, producers say they're going to take full advantage of the freedom and the format.
Executive producer Melissa Rosenberg said today at the TCAs that the show would go “ever further in all our storytelling” than the comics.
“That’s the beauty of working with Netflix,” Rosenberg said. “It’s 13 [episodes]. There’s no pilot and then getting feedback, reaction and ratings. You’re in this bubble. So, what’s the story you want to tell? Where do you want to go with [the characters]? It’s a little scary at times, but I also think it’s the most freeing experience I’ve ever had.”
That also means tht they're picking and choosing what to do with the Marvel Universe easter eggs and connections in a vacuum.
“We’re using some pretty obscure characters, so we’re taking them all over the place,” Rosenberg said. “We have to be cognizant of the mythology and the world.”
The project is coming to Netflix later in 2015.