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, Deadline.com 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.