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Bendis' JESSICA JONES Heads For TV


By Rob M. Worley     December 17, 2010
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Comics2Film: Cover art for ALIAS, the basis for AKA JESSICA JONES by David Mack
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Bendis' AKA Jessica Jones heads for TV. Plus: New cast for Locke & Key pilot. New poster for Green Hornet. Thor targeted by hate group and more! It's your Comics2Film 10.12.17!



Bolger Joins LOCKE & KEY Cast

The TV pilot for Joe Hill's outstanding comics series Locke & Key has added a cast member, according to

Sarah Bolger, seen recently in The Tudors, is set to play Kinsey Locke, one of the three children in the titular family of the show.

The book focuses on a widower and her kids who move back to the family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts after the family father is murdered. In the father's childhood home the children discover all manner of strange things, including keys that unlock mystical doors, and an ancient spirit who may have caused their father's death.

Miranda Otto is already on board to play Nina Locke, the family matriarch.

Fringe creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are developing the show for 20th Century Fox TV and DreamWorks TV. The pilot is shaping up to air on Fox. Josh Friedman wrote the pilot, with Mark Romanek directing.



C2F Quick Hits

  • Variety reports that directors of two episodes of Smallville are among the seven nominees in the television episodic series/pilot category for the American Society of Cinematographers Awards. Trophies are to be handed out February 13th.
  • Remember Pete Ross on Smallville? sadly reports that Sam Jones III, the actor who played him, has plead guilty in Los Angeles federal court to conspiracy to sell more than 10,000 oxycodone pills. The actor faces up to 20 years in prison for the offense.  
  • alerts us to the story that the Council of Conservative Citizens (flagged as a hate group by watchdogs) are calling for a boycott of Marvel's Thor due to the casting of Idris Elba in the role of Heimdall in open defiance of their Aryan beliefs.
  • Sony has unveiled a new poster for the cheeseburger-themed Green Hornet 3D movie.

 One sheet for GREEN HORNET 3D




Back before he was the top draw at Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis made a name for himself writing edgy crime fiction comics. When he went over to Marvel he continued the tradition with an adult-audience book called Alias, which introduced Jessica Jones to the superhero universe. Jones was a former superhero and Avenger, who had retired from that life to become a private investigator.

Now, according to Variety, the concept is fast-tracked as at TV series slated for Fall 2011 on ABC. Writer/producer Melissa Rosenberg is working to launch the show which has been retitled AKA Jessica Jones. Rosenberg is best known as the writer of the Twilight movies, but is also a writer producer on the awesome Dexter TV show.

Prior to the Disney acquisition, Marvel had aimed to develop the show with Bendis writing it. At that time they were calling it Alter Ego (since obviously they wanted to avoid confusion with the J.J. Abrams' series Alias which debuted just after the comic series). Bendis is involved with this new effort as a consultant.

According to Variety, the deal with Rosenberg's Tall Girls Prods. banner is not fully signed, but the deal is so firm that this will likely be the first live-action show we see from the Marvel Entertainment's new TV initiative.

Marvel's Jeph Loeb, Joe Quesada and Alan Fine are executive producers. 3 Arts Entertainment's Howard Klein is also an exec producer.

It'll be interesting to see if the show keeps the Marvel Universe as its back-drop. The initial story arc of Bendis' comic run had a conflicted Jones taking photos of Captain America during what appeared to be a booty call. Luke Cage was also a prominent figure in the book, as a some time boyfriend (they are married and have a child together in the current continuity). Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) also shows up and was, in fact, the original model for the character.



Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1 and #2 are in stores now. Issue #3 arrives in stores December 22nd. Issue #1 is also available as a digital download via iVerse Media's iTunes app. Visit for news and info!


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SelectiveRealism 12/17/2010 6:50:52 AM

 Will the Jessica Jones show chronicle how she went black and didn't go back?

jfdavis 12/17/2010 7:06:21 AM

The Jessica Jones show sounds interesting and more so if they keeps the Marvel stuff in.

I guess Pete won't return for Smallville's final season then...

Wyldstaar 12/17/2010 7:22:25 AM

Alias the comic was excellent.  I'm sure a series loosely based on the title could be made without being set in the Marvel Universe, but that doesn't mean that it should be.  The fact that Jessica's investigations always involved the capes was a vital part of the series that should not be ignored.

Calibur454 12/17/2010 7:28:10 AM

anything with bendis name attatched is at least worth checking out.

CaptAmerica04 12/17/2010 7:38:42 AM

 So, instead of the KKK, it's now the CCC?  Did they think they'd confuse us by changing their name?  Apparently, the stupid hillbillies still needed to keep their acronym simple.  LOL.

That's really sad about Sam Jones.  I always wondered why he left the show, and what he might have gone on to do.  Apparently it wasn't film related.  Or... maybe it was, knowing the pill-poppers in Hollywood.

AKA Jessica Jones sounds like it has potential, but I worry that it will go the Smallville route, and be some alternate continuity that HAS no continuity... or decent writing.  Joe Quesada's involvement only further concerns me.  I don't think TV can handle that many random appearances of Wolverine, along with endless spin-offs.  And how can he have his bi-annual cross-over event?  They'll need other shows (at least half of ABC's prime-time schedule's worth - again, half of which will contain Wolverine) in order to meet his needs for sufficient cross-over material and characters.

Rheul_home 12/17/2010 7:55:03 AM

Ill watch. I hope they do it right though. I dont think they will set it in the MU though because i doubt they want this to force their hands casting or continunity wise. My guess is it will be set in a thinly veiled MU. I hope they get the casting right. Jones wasnt a sexpot in Alias. That started in The Pulse and continued into Avengers. Meh... if they go that way I think I can live with it...

LocoLobo73 12/17/2010 8:02:19 AM

WTF, didnt I just say the other day how a Heroes for Hire Tv show would be great cause then they could have Jessica Jones, Colleen Wing , Misty Knight and Shang Chi on it . I find that this is an intresting choice and i bet it has to do with Piper Perabo, being nominated for a golden globe for Covert Affairs. I liked the heroes idea more than the Alias Idea mainly because then we dont have yet another female driven action series, like Covert, Nikita, Chase, and In Plain Sight.

Bryzarro 12/17/2010 8:47:20 AM

 With the AKA Jessica Jones being on ABC i'm not too worried it will be a fluffy teeny show.  Thats more the CW speed.  And ABC has enough viewers they wouldn't need to tap into the 18-25 market.  

SarcasticCaveman 12/17/2010 10:11:46 AM

Upon reading the new about the Thor hate group, I think back to a Patton Oswalt stand up special, and I ask myself, "Oh, sky cake...why are you so DELICIOUS?"

If you have no idea what this refers to, go to you youtube and do a search for Patton Oswalt Sky Cake...I thought it was hilarious.

Wiseguy 12/17/2010 10:59:40 AM

Alias was one of my favorite books by Marvel. I'd love to see this adapted for tv.

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