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