The plan by Netflix to produce a group of original series based on Marvel Comics characters is off to a great start with “Daredevil.” A lot of the credit for the shows mesmerizing look, solid writing and great performances goes to executive producer Steven DeKnight.
Next up will be “Jessica Jones,” based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis, that will be under the guidance of executive producer Melissa Rosenberg. DeKnight has had a chance to pass on some words of wisdom to Rosenberg as she works on her series.
She started grilling DeKnight as soon as their paths crossed in the writers room.
“As Melissa already knows, it’s very challenging to shoot in New York. It’s challenging with locations. It’s challenging to get crews because there’s so many things shooting. And it’s also the weather is incredibly challenging. I started ‘Daredevil,’ it was blazing hot in the summer, and I ended freezing my ass off in the winter,” DeKnight says. “And then she came and started in the winter and is finishing in the summer. So it’s quite brutal.”
There are some similarities between the new shows as well as differences. It’s the differences between the heroes who make the two shows different.
“Steven has the advantage. His show is called ‘Daredevil,’ but Daredevil has an outfit. He has a mask. So Charlie Cox can get a break every once in a while. My show is called ‘Jessica Jones.’ There’s no mask,” Rosenberg says. “Krysten Ritter is the hardest working woman in show business. She’s when you get a chance to meet her, she may be wheeled in. I’m not sure.”
As for bring the show to life, Rosenberg relied heavily on the original graphic novel. She says that was important because Bendis created an incredibly flawed, damaged, interesting character.
“Regardless of gender, it was the character that drew me. He wasn’t afraid to go there, and we went even further. We’ve been going further on all of our in all of our storytelling,” Rosenberg says.
There will be another season of “Daredevil” and DeKnight has turned the program over to new showrunners, Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez.
Petrie was DeKnight’s right hand man on the first season, and Ramirez was one the writers.
“Unfortunately, I had to leave because of a previous commitment to write and direct a feature. So it is in such great hands. They were there from the inception,” DeKnight says.
They will need to be at the top of their games because the first season of “Daredevil” was such a super series.
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