Scheduled for ABC’s next pilot season are two more stabs at making comic-based television shows that follow in the successful shoes of giant hits like Smallville (as opposed to the more disappointing shoes of Wonder Woman and Locke and Key). Both of these proposed television programs, AKA Jessica Jones and Hulk, are based off of Marvel titles.
AKA Jessica Jones originates from the Brian Michael Bendis comic Alias. That television title already having been taken in a big way, ‘AKA Jessica Jones’ was the alternative heading. In the comic book, Jessica Jones has seen a lot of sh*t in her life. Like a lot. She’s a pretty messed up chick. That being said she’s born it all pretty well. After a rather unsuccessful and short-lived career as a superhero, Jones gave up that route to instead build a life for herself as an independently operating private investigator. Due to a radioactive chemical spill (of course), Jones is endowed with the powers of limited super strength and invulnerability.
Jones has come a long way in the comic books. She is now an Avenger and married to powerhouse Luke Cage – with whom she has a daughter, making her one of the few comic book females to pull of holding down both the super-career as well as motherhood. How close the tv series is going to stick to the comic is not yet apparent. Either way, Jones will more than likely be portrayed as a street-wise, dark and biting heroine. The show is to be produced by Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg’s new company, Tall Girls Productions.
The second show, Hulk, hardly needs explanation. The exciting news about this show is more about who is working producing the project: Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica). Del Toro reported to FEARNet that things are rolling with Hulk and a script now exists.
Stay tuned for more news as we get closer to the ABC pilot season.