Jessica Jones is striking out at female under-representation in the entertainment industry with an unprecedented mandate by executive producer Melissa Rosenberg: all 13 episodes of Season 2 of the Netflix series will be directed entirely by women.
Rosenberg, who wrote the Twilight movies, spoke about this choice at a panel on "Diversifying Entertainment" at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, according to Variety.
Rosenberg revealed that at first she had only planned to increase the number of female directors involved in Season 2, but when she discussed hiring female directors first with her production staff, an unnamed colleague suggested hiring exclusively women to direct. Production company Marvel was completely supportive and the mandate was set for the female-led series (starring Krysten Ritter) to be framed from a woman's point of view.
This choice is perhaps in part motivated by Jessica Jones' dark themes, which include mind control and sexual coercion, leading many critics to read the series as a metaphor for surviving and breaking the cycle of sexual abuse.
Netflix has not yet announced a premiere date for Season 2 of Jessica Jones.