‘Twilight’ Writer Updates Marvel’s ‘AKA Jessica Jones’

Melissa Rosenberg brings Luke Cage, Carol Danvers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the potential ABC series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

With the release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1," screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has been making the rounds to promote the new film. But inevitably, the conversation keeps going back to "AKA Jessica Jones," her adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis comic book, "Alias." And while "Alias" followed former superheroine turned private investigator, Jessica Jones, she won't be the only Marvel character in the potential TV series.

While speaking with Hitfix, Rosenberg confirmed that Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) and Luke Cage (Power Man) both feature prominently in the pilot.

"I had Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and Carol Danvers [for the pilot script]," noted Rosenberg. "Basically, I wanted those three guys — then I would have a series. Everyone else we can be digging into lesser known characters or taking known characters and renaming them."

Rosenberg also mentioned that "AKA Jessica Jones" will take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or in other words, the same continuity of the live action feature films). Rosenbgerg also said that Tony Stark (Iron Man) is referenced in the pilot.

"As we go along things will alter in terms of what is made available to us, but we're definitely in that universe. We are in no way denying that that universe exists. And as much as I can I'm going to pull everything in from there that I can use."

"It's very tricky navigation there," added Rosenberg. "You can't mention one guy because Fox has the rights to that guy and Universal has the rights to the other one. There are a lot of boundaries on who you can and can't use.

During a separate interview with i09, Rosenberg also addressed, Purple Man aka Zebediah Killgrave; who was the villain responsible for Jessica Jones' retreat from costumed heroics.

"[Purple Man is] very much a part of it," said Rosenberg. "He may, or may not, have that name. But he's very much a part of it. Because… she's really suffering of the trauma of having been violated by this guy. So that plays a huge part of the plot of the first season, and probably in her series arc."

However, Rosenberg voiced her doubt that Purple Man would still have purple skin on the show

"It may become too cartoony for the tone of it," related Rosenberg. "But who knows? I mean, we have to get in there, we have to get a greenlight for the script first and get in there and design it. But, you know, I'm open to interpretations of him. The tone of this is very gritty and very real, and I'm not sure if purple skin will do it. Maybe he'll put on a purple suit…"

"AKA Jessica Jones" remains in contention for next season on ABC, but it's not currently known if a pilot episode will be ordered.


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