Jessica Jones season 2: All-female directors confirmed by showrunner Melissa Rosenberg
Jessica Jones is getting a lot more girl power in season 2. According to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, all 13 episodes will be directed by women, making the series one of the few to do so.
As first reported by Variety‘s Maureen Ryan, Rosenberg made the announcement during a diversity discussion panel at the University of Southern California’s journalism school on Friday, part of a larger conference called Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment.
“Nothing makes me more proud and emotional and excited,” Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter wrote in a now deleted response on Twitter. “This is f—ing HUGE. [Melissa Rosenberg] thank heavens for you.”
Ritter’s costar Rachael Taylor (Patsy Walker) also tweeted about the news, while Netflix’s resident Iron Fist, Finn Jones, congratulated his Marvel family. “Yes! More women directors please,” he wrote, “proud our netflix/Marvel family are yet again leading the way!”
The most recent diversity report from the Directors Guild of America, released in September, notes the number of women behind the camera on TV shows during the 2015-2016 season was pretty low: female directors helmed 17 percent of all episodes, compared to 16 percent from the year before.
Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time) notably enlisted an all-female roster of directors for her OWN series with Oprah Winfrey, Queen Sugar. She said during Essence Fest earlier this year, “If Game of Thrones can have all men for the last 3 seasons, Queen Sugar can have all women and show what a fantastic show can be made from our hands and our minds.”
Netflix and Marvel did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.