Marvel prepping another series that could join S.H.I.E.L.D. on TV

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Jan 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

We already know that Joss Whedon's eagerly anticipated S.H.I.E.L.D. series will likely be on the airwaves soon—but it turns out Marvel also has another comic-based TV series still in the works.

No, we're not talking about Guillermo del Toro's apparently stalled Hulk series. Turns out that other Marvel TV series that has been in development a few years now, AKA Jessica Jones, is apparently not as dead as we thought.

Melissa Rosenberg, who helped develop the comic-based tale of a former hero running a detective agency, told IGN that it's currently being shopped around to other networks and could eventually land on cable.

Here's how she describes the darker take on a post-superhero story:

"Marvel is trying to set it up somewhere else. They're looking at a lot of different possibilities ... That would be fabulous. But you know, I don't know if it's an ABC show. It might be a cable show, really. The graphic novel is the first one that Marvel did that was meant to serve an adult audience. I toned it down a little bit for network, but it's very, very easy to translate that into cable. Very easy. God I love that project, other than this one [Red Widow], it's one of my favorite things that I've ever written."

"The graphic novel was so phenomenal that I really just wanted to bring that to the screen. It's so raw, and I love this character that is kind of a B-level superhero. She's not in one world or another, she's a borderline alcoholic. She's just a mess, but she's driven by a need to do something greater, you know? She's just this delicious character. Fun, you know? I'd love to write that character more, and I hope I get the opportunity. I've always said that I'd love to write the female Iron Man, this very f***ed-up female character that also wants to do some good. And that's who she is."

Though Rosenburg is likely best known around the sci-fi genre for her work writing the Twilight films, she is also a producer on the acclaimed dark drama Dexter and previously worked on The WB's short-lived Birds of Prey series. So she probably does have the chops to pull this one off.

Would you like to see a darker Marvel show pop up on a cable network?

(Via IGN)