Don’t bother trying to save ‘Jessica Jones’. Its star, Krysten Ritter, is ready to move on. Discussing the show, Ritter said:
“Do I think I’ll play her again? I don’t think so. I feel like I’ve played her, you know? I feel really good about it. I feel good about closing the door.”
This echos the sentiment of the show’s creator and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, who stated:
“I feel like this is a really complete, closed chapter. I mean, never say never. But I feel ready to tell all-new stories.”
Rosenberg had already announced she would leave ‘Jessica Jones’ after the third season before Netflix even announced the cancellation. ‘Jessica Jones’ was the last vestige of the Netflix tie-ins to the Marvel Universe, following the cancellations of ‘Iron Fist’, ‘Luke Cage’, Daredevil’, and ‘The Punisher’. (‘The Defenders’ was always envisioned as a one-off event.) These cancellations arrived as Disney announced plans to push into the streaming market with the family-targeted Disney+, which launches later this year. Also, after having acquired 21st Century Fox, Disney has become the owner of Hulu, which is already one of Netflix’s biggest competitors.
Thanks to a clause in their original contract, the characters Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones, cannot be used elsewhere for two years. This doesn’t apply to ‘The Punisher’, which was a spinoff from ‘Daredevil’ and the contract for that show didn’t contain that same preventative clause.
At least Rosenberg knew in advance that ‘Jessica Jones’ was going to be canceled, so she was able to wrap the show up without dangling plotlines. The shows that were canceled earlier didn’t have that luxury.
At this point, it’s safe to say that if these characters resurface elsewhere, they will be completely rebooted. That may leave a few plot threads unresolved, but these programs seemed to exist in their own reality, so should they be dusted off sometime down the road, they can be introduced freshly without being tethered to the Netflix shows.
Are you bummed that ‘Jessica Jones’ was canceled? Or were you, like Ritter and Rosenberg, ready to move on?
Source: TV Line