"Jessica Jones" Season 2 Will Be Entirely Directed By Women
“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” was already seen as an empowering show for women, but Season 2 of the Netflix show will take that to another level.
Variety reports that showrunner Melissa Rosenberg said that in the upcoming season of the show, all 13 episodes will be directed by women. She revealed the news on Friday at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication during a panel called Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment.
Rosenberg said that Marvel was supportive of her goal to increase the use of woman directors for Jessica Jones. The initial plan was to focus on booking women first, and hire male directors for whatever was left.
But when someone else suggested booking women as directors for the entire season, Rosenberg loved it and moved forward with that idea instead. She added that being inclusive in the show’s behind-the-scenes personnel was “a conscious decision and it’s very important that showrunners do that.”
Ava Duvernay‘s “Queen Sugar” has an all-woman list of directors for its current debut season on Oprah’s OWN network. But aside from that, there aren’t many shows at all – much less hour-long drama – who have that many woman directors.
The approach seems even more apt for “Jessica Jones.” The first season of the show introduced the main character, a superhero-turned-private detective with super strength who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. She chases down Kilgrave, a villain who has mind control powers and who raped Jones before the season began. The show was praised for its approach to themes of sexual assault and PTSD.
Rosenberg said the scripts are almost finished, and the episodes will be shot next year.