Netflix is wasting no time in moving ahead in their Defenders deal with Disney and Marvel.
When the plan was announced to create premium super hero powered content for their subscription service in the form of Marvel superheroes Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones series that all tie into a mini series event called The Defenders, it sounded a little too good to be true. With two of the series announcing writers, this ambitious project takes another leap forward.
Writer/Director of Cabin in the Woods and former Lost producer Drew Goddard has signed on to write the Daredevil series, which is scheduled to hit Netflix in 2015. Goddard’s pedigree also includes having written for both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, so its no surprise Marvel tapped this Joss Whedon confidant to helm the new adventures of the man without fear. The award winning writer seems like the perfect match to take on ol’ hornhead and brink Hell’s Kitchen to the small screen.
And speaking of perfect matches, Twilight writer Melisa Rosenberg will write and executive produce the Jessica Jones series. Rosenberg was originally tapped to write AKA Jessica Jones for ABC but the deal disappeared into the mists of development hell. Rosenberg seems like an excellent choice considering her familiarity with the relatively new Marvel character.
Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, the series is a result of last years deal which designated Netflix as the service that will present content from both Marvel, Disney, Pixar Animation, and Lucasfilm.
Despite flagging reviews and a lukewarm reception from die hard fans, the last Daredevil film grossed almost 200 million worldwide. In 1989, Rex Smith played Daredevil in the TV movie Trial of the Incredible Hulk which acted as a backdoor pilot for the pulp hero that never went any further. Jessica Jones was created in 2001 by Brian Michael Bendis and has been a staple of the Marvel Universe ever since.
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