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Melissa Rosenberg May Bring Marvel’s Jessica Jones To Netflix


While I would love to be super-excited about this news, I’m not: Instead there is an uneasy sense of disaster looming around this announcement. Hot on the heels of the kick-ass rumor that Drew Goddard would be scribing the Netflix Daredevil series, is claiming that Melissa Rosenberg has been tapped to write the Jessica Jones series for the subscription-based platform.


This strikes a nerve for a two reasons:

1. Melissa Rosenberg was already tasked with writing a Jessica Jones series, back when ABC had the show in development. It never progressed, reportedly due to script troubles and not finding the right tone for the series.

2. Melissa Rosenberg’s IMDB page includes these entries: Birds of Prey? Step Up? THE TWILIGHT SAGA?!? Are you kidding me?!? Forget whether or not she’s a talented writer; clearly, her history has her writing teen-based drivel. Should we really be giving her control of one of Marvel’s most complex, dark and complicated heroines?  The character, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, is a  former superhero who hangs up her tights after suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder to open up a private detective agency. This doesn’t sound like well-trodden ground for Melissa, who has primarily made her mark in glittery vampires and what I consider badly-written teen angst.

Of course, none of this means anything until we get official word from Netflix or Disney or both, and even Deadline is claiming that despite having already worked out her take on the series, Rosenberg’s Jessica Jones will be slightly reworked and retooled for the new network. More Marvel involvement is always a good thing, but pencil me into the “WARY” column on this one.

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  1. Pete Parker says:

    I also thought maybe it won’t be so bad, I used to love Dark Skies.
    But then I checked which episodes she’d written and realised it was 3 of the weakest ones.

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this

  2. RG says:

    It’s probably tough for a broad to get good writing jobs, and maybe this dame had something to bring to the table, but couldn’t make as big of an impact at the table ’cause tampons. You knows skirts and bitches and whatnot.

    I’m kidding, of course (and that was a total nonsequitur; I’m not implying that anybody thinks she sucks because she’s a woman), but what I’m actually saying is… in this case, it’s better to give her a chance, because it might be good to have an actual woman tasked with writing another strong woman, and not just… yunno… another male savior. *COUGH*Joss Whedon*SNEEZE*JJ Abrams*HICCUP*.

  3. Derek says:

    You’re cherry picking, she also has written for Dark Skies and freaking DEXTER. DEXTER. It get darker than that?

  4. Brian says:

    Look, Jessica Jones will still be a “former superhero who hangs up her tights after suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder to open up a private detective agency”, she will just also hire a werewolf as a partner, whom she will fall in love with. Just wait for season 2, when Frankenstein shows up and the love triangle begins!

  5. TwoFisted Scientist says:

    Tom Lennon and Ben Garant wrote the Night At The Museum movies, Herbie Fully Loaded, and Balls of Fury. Does this “teenaged drivel” mean they should be precluded from developing/writing other great bits of comedy?

    Justin Lin directed some of the Fast and Furious franchise. Should this high-concept action work have precluded him from directing several episodes of Community?

    Methinks you’re cherry-picking and indulging in some rather useless nerdrage.

  6. Bill says:

    IIRC, Jessica Jones has a bit of a potty-mouth. Could be fun on Netflix. Not sure about the writer, hrm.

  7. Dan Lewis says:

    She also wrote the best seasons of Dexter so maybe she’ll be OK.