Marvel’s Jessica Jones was the first female heroine to headline her own show in the MCU, and the series also broke new ground with its depiction of Jessica as a very damaged, but ultimately triumphant heroine. While the second season may be over a year away, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has revealed that Jessica Jones will continue to push TV forward next season with a lineup of all-female directors.
Variety broke the story, which Rosenberg announced on Friday during the Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment conference at USC. Rosenberg didn’t reveal the names of the female directors who had signed on season 2, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see S. J. Clarkson, Rosemary Rodriguez, and Uta Briesewitz return from the first season.
According to Rosenberg, she didn’t initially plan to go with only women as directors, but she loved the idea when it was pitched to her. She told Variety that bringing diversity behind-the-camera was “a conscious decision and it’s very important that showrunners do that.” Rosenberg also indicated that the second season is still in the scripting stage, with filming likely to begin next year.
Very few TV series have ever featured women as directors for an entire season, but television is also a writer-driven medium. Rosenberg’s directors will likely bring their distinct voices to the execution of the stories, but those stories are still dictated by the scripts. That said, Rosenberg was one of four female writers on staff for the first season of Jessica Jones. And we wouldn’t be surprised at all if that number also goes up for the second season.
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