Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FURTHER UPDATE: Just Some Guesswork on Netflix/Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones

Following Netflix head Ted Sarandos' comments about the Marvel series air dates, there was a lot of uncertainty about when to expect Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones. After the jump, I break down the evidence and compare production schedules with Marvel's only other Netflix series: Daredevil.

Ted Sarandos ruffled a lot of Marvel fans' feathers when he said that Marvel's Netflix series would be arriving a year apart. Fanboys like me were looking for 2 series a year over the next two years with The Defenders as the capstone series sometime in 2017. In an interview with IGN, Sarandos clarified his statements saying the series would air  roughly 8 to 15 months apart, which can really get frustrating. 

Waiting 15 months between series really brings up a lot of complications: how can they do second seasons of Daredevil and A.K.A. Jessica Jones if they haven't done a first season of Iron Fist? I mean they can, there's no reason they can't, but it doesn't seem right. Also, what about potential other properties to be developed for series? Does this mean I'll have to wait until 2020 to potentially see a Moon Knight series? I don't like that!

To make myself feel a little better, I went back and did some collecting of facts about how the production of Daredevil came together and then used that precedent (which admittedly is not enough) to try to piece together a potential production schedule timeline for A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Obviously, I can't even think about Luke Cage and Iron Fist at this point given the lack of information.

Here's what I was able to put together for Daredevil:

Charlie Cox announced as Daredevil: May 27
Daredevil begins filming: Reports of late June, set footage July 7
Additional cast revealed: October 11 (NYCC)
Release Date of April 10 announced: January 7 (3 months ahead of time)
Teaser for Teaser Trailer: February 3, 2015
Teaser Trailer: February 4, 2015

Given that information as the only precedent, I'm trying to piece together a potential timeline, based on way too few data points, for the production of Marvel's next Netflix series (EDIT: The title card below, which I believe is just a place holder, was released on Netflix 2 days after I originally wrote this post.)

A.K.A. Jessica Jones

These are set in stone and not rumors.
Mike Colter announced as Luke Cage: December 22
David Tennant announced as Zebediah Kilgrave/Purple Man January 26
Rachael Taylor announced as Patricia Walker/Hellcat January 29
Carrie-Anne Moss joins cast: February 2
A.K.A. Jessica Jones starts filming: February 5
Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty and Will Traval join cast: February 19

Last night, a rumor began circulating that A.K.A. Jessica Jones would start filming sometime soon. This is very plausible given their recent announcement of a cast and the conclusion of the "holiday" season.

UPDATED: Jessica Jones begins filming: January 2015 February 2015
Devin Faraci from Badass Digest seems to have gotten the inside track on when production for A.K.A. Jessica Jones will begin filming. Here's the series of tweets from yesterday:

***Of note, filming under the name of "Violet" seems to really imply that Zebediah Killgrave/The Purple Man, will be in the show***
IF Marvel were to start production on A.K.A. Jessica Jones soon in February, here's ONE possible timeline for further production based on how they went about their business with Daredevil:

Additional members of cast announced: late-January/early-February 2015 (next few weeks) and today (1/26) they announced the casting of David Tennant as Kilgrave and today (1/29) they announced the casting of Rachael Taylor as Patricia Walker. I'd expect some more casting to be announced over the course of time, likely March-April, ahead of the full cast reveal.
Logo and Poster reveal: April May 2015
Jessica Jones wraps shooting: June July 2015
Release Date of November: announced in July at Comic-Con
Teaser Trailer: September 2015

Obviously the release date is the big mystery, but I think they'd like to find a time to run their Netflix series that coincides nicely with other Marvel properties whether they be Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or their films so I could really see A.K.A. Jessica Jones hitting Netflix in December when there's a lull in seasonal programming. I could also see them pushing it into 2016 if that's what they need to do.

At any rate, there's a lot of flexibility here and until Marvel starts making further casting announcements (a pretty good indicator of them getting closer to starting production), it's going to be hard to pin anything down, but this is here as a place holder for now until we get more info.