Luke Cage Likely Coming To TV Screens Before Movie Theaters; Here's Why...

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 16, 2011 4:22 PM
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In an interview with Hitfix, posted today, Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight screenwriter), who, as we've been following, is reportedly writing and executive producing the Jessica Jones TV series, has confirmed that not only will Luke Cage be "worked into the series" (which Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb revealed at Comic-Con earlier this year), but he'll in fact be a primary series character, and will be 1 of 3 central characters in the narrative - the other 2 being Jessica Jones (of course), and Carol Danvers (better known as Ms. Marvel, one of the most powerful members of The Avengers).

For those just learning about this, here's a quickie recap...

The new series will be titled, AKA Jessica Jones, the former superhero who retires after suffering post-traumatic disorder and decides to become a private detective;

Marvel is prepping a live-action TV series based on the Marvel character.

So whats the connection to Luke Cage, you ask? Jessica Jones is a white female superhero, so, why should we care here on S&A? Well, comic book geeks will know that Jessica Jones was later known as Jessica Campbell Jones Cage. The last name should give you a hint as to where this is going...

Jessica Jones eventually marries Luke Cage, the African American superhero, whose name has been mentioned quite a bit on this site in recent months, with the likes of Idris Elba, Tyrese Gibson and Isaiah Mustafa campaigning to play the character in a big screen adaptation (who knows if that'll ever happen). In the comic book series, the couple had a daughter as well.

And so my main interest here is has been just how involved Luke Cage will be in this series; if Marvel planned to focus strictly on Jones' life prior to meeting Cage, meaning he'd likely be a peripheral character.

I can now say that he'll be a central character; though the series is still be called AKA Jessica Jones, so...

From Hitfix:

Based on Brian Michael Bendis comic series "Alias," the TV show would center on Jessica Jones a former superhero under the code name Jewel who has decided to give up tights and spotlight. Rosenberg confirmed the show would also have principal parts for Luke Cage (also known as Power Man and her eventual husband in the comics) as well as Carol Danvers (better known as Ms. Marvel, on of the most powerful members of The Avengers). The former "Dexter" scribe and producer confirmed the potential TV series would absolutely take place in the larger "cinematic" Marvel Universe that has been established by films such as "Iron Man" and "Thor,"" but admitted they can't reference everything. "It's very tricky navigation there. You can't mention one guy because Fox has the rights to that guy and Universal has the rights to the other one. There are a lot of boundaries on who you can and can't use," Rosenberg reveals. "I had Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and Carol Danvers [for the pilot script]. Basically, I wanted those three guys -- then I would have a series."

Rosenberg added that the series is very real, the pilot script is done, and now they're just waiting for a green light to shoot it.

So... how about that? We will likely see Luke Cage as a principal (though supporting character) on a TV series centered on the woman he married (also a superhero), before we actually get to see Luke Cage in a movie franchise or TV series of his own.

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  • Josh | November 17, 2011 1:04 AMReply

    The orgin of Cage's powers are similar to Captain America. The exec's might not have wanted to rehash. I hope they can shoehorn him into Avengers 2. Marvel has two dates set aside for 2014, I'm guessing Cap 2 and Black Panther.

  • Neziah | November 16, 2011 5:55 PMReply

    Typical that they want to have a white face headline a series about a black superhero. I don't care how prominent she was in the comics; that's just bullshit. Plus, they have shitty "Twilight" writer Melissa Rosenberg scripting it. Count me out!

  • Jug | November 16, 2011 5:28 PMReply

    Simpler answer: Movies are Dead & Dying. Filmmakers, writers & actors of note are all running to TV because the melding of TV & the internet in regards to distribution is the future, ticket prices (& movie budgets) are too expensive to just go see "anything" (especially when you have to put food on the table). And studios have been extremely reluctant to put a Black comic character out there even though they have quite the actor choices right now to wrap a franchise around (Elba, Mackie, Ejiofor, Oyelowo....Perry-I kid! LOL) Cable TV-being a pay form of broadcasting-means the eyeballs for a show are more specific, you can have less of them & still be a hit. Put that together & you have a recipe for a Black franchise muuuch quicker on tv than you will on the screen, especially when you have to spend a lot of time explaining who the hell Luke Cage even is, or Black Panther, or Firestorm, or Bishop, etc. I've always been a big fan of Black Panther, Luke Cage & any other black comic character (really any comic character now) going to tv. Just makes for better world building & storytelling-not to mention beats being stuck to that character for anywhere from 3 to 9 movies, killing your chances to do anything else-& you can still have off season to do other sorts of films to diversify your career. But what do I know, they could make a Luke Cage movie tomorrow LOL

    Real talk tho, it's at ABC, which has become one step from Lifetime. Not expecting a bang up, well fleshed out character piece. Soap, Soap, Soap-at best

  • Jug | November 16, 2011 7:39 PM

    Ya know what, I take back what I said about it being on ABC, it could be aight. Rosenberg wrote for shows THE AGENCY, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN & she was an EP on the early years of DEXTER. Her movie stuff has been decidedly "wtf", but her tv stuff has been hardcore guy stuff. I don't know what's gonna happen. Here's hoping for the best, since she said she needed/wanted Cage in the mix!

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