The Netflix superhero TV series “Jessica Jones” has a female protagonist at the center of the show, and now women will be in the spotlight behind the camera as well.
For the second season of the Marvel TV show, every episode in the program will reportedly be directed by a woman. “Jones” executive producer Melissa Rosenberg revealed the plan at a panel at the conference “Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment.”
The move comes as a lack of female directors continues to stir conversation in Hollywood. In 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union asked that the national government investigate the lack of female directors being hired for movies or TV shows. Earlier this year, Melissa Goodman of the ACLU said that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were investigating the issue.
“Jones” is the newest step forward, following two recent moves involving director Ava DuVernay. Ms. DuVernay herself was recently selected to direct a film adaptation of the classic novel “A Wrinkle in Time,” and every episode for the OWN show “Queen Sugar,” which was co-created by DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, is directed by a woman, with multiple installments directed by DuVernay.
In 2010, director Kathryn Bigelow became the first female director to win the Oscar for best director, though a woman has not been nominated for the prize since.
As for “Jones,” the TV show starring Krysten Ritter as a detective who has superpowers including unusual strength was one of the first Marvel properties – either movie or TV show – to have a female main character when it debuted almost a year ago. (It was preceded by ABC's "Agent Carter," which starred Hayley Atwell and ended its run after two seasons.) "Jones" was positively received by critics and co-stars David Tennant, Rachael Taylor, and Eka Darville.
A premiere date for the second season of “Jones” has not yet been announced by Netflix.