It seems Marvel and Netflix are bracing for a changing of the guard, as Jessica Jones creator and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg will exit the superhero drama after season 3.
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, revealing that Rosenberg has signed an eight-figure, multi-year deal with Warner Bros. TV to “create and develop new projects,” some of which may go on to feature on the fledgling DC Universe streaming service alongside the likes of Titans and Doom Patrol.
Sources familiar with the situation indicate that Netflix had hoped to retain Rosenberg’s services far beyond Jessica Jones season 3, but she ultimately chose Warner Bros. to pursue a new challenge with an overall deal to boot. The third season of Marvel’s standalone detective drama remains the priority for now, though Marvel and Netflix will have to hire another showrunner if it’s to continue Jessica Jones into season 4… and beyond.
Here’s what Melissa Rosenberg told THR in an official statement:
All of my attention remains with the extraordinary cast, writers and production team of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, until the completion of season three. It continues to be a career highlight working with my partners at Marvel Television and Netflix. We’re extraordinarily grateful to the viewers who have supported us every step of the way on Jessica’s journey, which is so beautifully realized by Krysten Ritter and the amazing cast including Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville and Carrie-Anne Moss.
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This is undoubtedly a major coup for Warner Bros. TV, as over the past few years Netflix has successfully poached many of the industry’s top showrunners (see: Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy) for its original content. Exactly what Melissa Rosenberg has planned for her WB debut remains to be seen, but today’s report does mention new projects.
We have so many talented storytellers in every area of this show, who I’m honored to call friends and collaborators. As I look ahead after this season, I’m thrilled that I will be able to explore new projects with the talented team at Warner Bros. Television and push myself in new challenging creative directions.
The third season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones is currently in development and will likely be with us in 2019, at which point Melissa Rosenberg will be ready to jump ship for Warner Bros. TV.