At the end of last week it was announced that Marvel and Disney were teaming up with Netflix to give four characters their own TV series. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage were the characters having their own series, and things have started moving very quickly.
Daredevil is the first series to be developed, and Drew Goddard is looking like the ideal candidate to write it. He is top of the list to pen the Daredevil series, and naturally Goddard has a wealth of talent when it comes to this sort of stuff. Plus, both he and Marvel’s overlord Joss Whedon, have worked together a couple of times on both last years excellent horror, The Cabin in the Woods, and also the TV series Angel. Goddard has also written TV series’ Alias, Buffy, Lost and was part of the re-write for this years World War Z finale.
Goddard is well suited then to write the Daredevil series, and with Marvel and Disney wanting him to do it, and Whedon no doubt wanting to work with him again, it looks likely that Goddard will get the job. It also helps that Goddard is a bit of a Daredevil fan.
In an interview with Collider earlier last year, he told them: “You’re talking to a guy who had quotes from Daredevil painted on his walls growing up. When I was 18 I still had the blood-red door with the ‘I have shown him that a man without hope is a man without fear,’ that was what I love. If we can find the right project, I’d love to do it.”
The plan with these new series is to release them in order: Daredevil will come first in 2015, followed by Jessica Jones, then Iron Fist and finally Luke Cage. Word is that once these series’ have all played, it will be followed up by a Marvel’s Defenders mini-series which will bring all the characters together. There are also possible plans for each character to have their own stand-alone movie.
Without wasting any time, the Jessica Jones series has also kicked into gear very quickly! Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, The Twilight Saga) is onboard to write and executive produce the Jessica Jones series, something Rosenberg was originally set to create for ABC three years ago.
Jessica Jones is quite new to the Marvel universe, and first appeared in the 2001 Alias comic: “Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, [Jones] is a superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, which leads to her hanging up her costume and opening her own detective agency, where she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes.”
The Jessica Jones series is due to follow after the Daredevil series.