Sez Variety, Marvel/ABC are turning Brian Bendis' seminal new-millenium mature-audiences Marvel series "Alias" into a TV series. For obvious reasons, it's been retitled "AKA Jessica Jones."
This is actually really interesting... but a betting man would have to lay money against it actually working out.
Okay, here's the thing: The keyword when talking about Marvel or DC characters, even "sideline" ones like Jessica Jones, is insularity. Continuity-driven "universe" comics are insular to the point that certain characters can only exist within them.
Quick example: Batman works on his own. You can yank his origin, m.o. and "look" out of connection to anything else in his or anyone else's books and "Batman: The Concept" is still unique and holds up. On the other hand, The Punisher - demonstrably - doesn't. Taken on his own - devoid of connection to anything else in the Marvel Universe - Punisher is just Mack Bolan in a funny shirt, another one of a thousand wronged-urban-vigilantes clogging up the cineplex and Popular Fiction shelf. What makes Punisher interesting as a concept is putting someone like that in the Superhero realm; having a no-nonsense gun-toting vigilante suddenly show up in a world where crimefighting otherwise takes the form of guys in colorful spandex bonking crooks on the head and dropping them off at Police HQ. He's a genre-commentary character. Metafiction.
So is Jessica Jones.
For the uninitiated, the hook of "Alias" has Jones as a minor/mostly-forgotten (re: retconned into existance) Silver Age superheroine who quit the biz after a particularly horrific encounter with a supervillain (kidnapping, imprisonment, sexual-assault and mind-rape - "Alias" was a mature-audiences-but-still-in-continuity book) who presently works as a private eye. It was a damn good book, and she's remained a pretty solid character over the last decade in a broad story-arc of her "re-integrating" into the costumed-heroine life.
In other words, she's another genre-immigrant a'la Punisher: "What's it like for a standard-issue (if gender-inverted) Spillane-style bitter/jaded/self-hating/scarred gumshoe character to operate in the same world as Spider-Man etc?" That's pretty much the whole appeal of the book: Having this more "real" character type as a fresh perspective on the usual superhero stuff, and alternately seeing various superpowered types filling the roles of "old buddy," "best galpal," "last-minute booty-call," etc. Take all the Marvel Universe trappings away and, however well written, and there's not much to differentiate her from, say, Olivia Benson or Kate Beckett, just off the top of my head?
So the question becomes: Exactly how far do they carry this? Would a network "go-ahead" with a prime-time series built around a hard-bitten, all-business female lead... who's prone to bumping into (and on semi-regular speaking-terms with) caped-crusaders, aliens and all manner of costumed oddities? ABC/Disney and Marvel are under the same roof now, so they could do it and even use (some) of the "real ones" if they did... but would they? "I'm looking into an assault case. Suspects include an unemployed construction worker, a car salesman and a 7'10 Russian hitman dressed like a rhinocerous." I'd watch it, but would it ever get to air? Or will it just be a Marvel-branded "lady detective" show?