Krysten Ritter to Star in Serial Killer Comedy Series

Jessica Jones’s Krysten Ritter will tap into her ability for dark humor to play serial killer on a would-be comedy series.

Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones; Netflix
Netflix

Krysten Ritter’s starring run on Netflix’s Jessica Jones unfortunately became one of the casualties of the streaming giant’s mass cancellations of its once-flourishing “Street Level” Marvel Cinematic Universe-adherent shows. While the multifaceted actress hasn’t fielded anything onscreen (barring a brief role reprisal cameo in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,) ever since, having taken time to have a child, she’s readying a television return, one that will see her star as a serial killer. – Did we mention it’s going to be a comedy?

Ritter, according to Deadline, is reteaming with Nahnatchka Khan, the creator of her starring platform, the two-season-running 2012-2013 ABC sitcom, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, for a yet-to-be-titled dark comedy series that – centering on the exploits of a female serial killer – is clearly designed for the actress to utilize the same sarcastically bleak pathos that made her Jessica Jones performance so memorable.

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The Jessica Jones role was a cornerstone of the Netflix-Marvel small screen MCU, depicted – inspired by Brian Michael Bendis’s noirish Alias Marvel Comics series – as a mockingly morose misanthropic New York private detective, who despite her immense super-strength, is tormented by an extended traumatic experience inflicted upon her by the mind-bending murderer Kilgrave (played by David Tenant on the TV series). After the 2015 debut season of Jessica Jones, the role would have Ritter cross over with Daredevil and the other established Netflix Marvel heroes in the 2017 miniseries, The Defenders, inspired by the classic comic book teamup of the same name. Ritter subsequently reprised the role for two more seasons of Jessica Jones, with 2019’s Season 3 not only serving as her last run with the character, but the understated swan song of the entire Street Level Marvel TV corner.

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Khan – who, more recently, put in work on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and is attached to Dwayne Johnson’s biographical Young Rock sitcom – is writing the script to this untitled project with Angela LaManna, an up-and-coming scribe who previously put in work on the aforementioned Netflix-Marvel shows on the two seasons of The Punisher, also having written for the 2018 third season of Syfy’s horror anthology series, Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block, as well as a 2015 episode of NBC’s Hannibal. Their Ritter-starring serial killer project will adapt an upcoming novel, titled Serial Killer Anonymous, by Charles Warady.

The project will reside at NBCUniversal’s Universal Television, with whom Khan came to an overall deal. Ritter will also serve as an executive producer, joined in that capacity by Khan (via her Fierce Baby Productions) and LaManna.

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Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.