Krysten Ritter may have been busy bringing Jessica Jones to life, but the actress also found time to write her first novel.
Titled Bonfire, the debut novel is a psychological thriller that will focus on small-town corruption as environmental lawyer Abby Williams returns to her hometown after ten years to investigate Optimal Plastics, a local company, of dumping chemicals in local water. But in the process, Abby starts digging into the years-old disappearance of a former high school bully of hers, which in turn, leads her to an even darker secret about the town.
“As a huge fan of psychological suspense novels, I was so thrilled to take on the challenge of writing my first book,” said Ritter in a statement. “This was an exciting opportunity for me to explore a character journey and really get inside the head of my protagonist, a process that has a lot in common with how I prepare to play a role.”
The novel will be published by Crown Archetype, and is scheduled for release on Nov. 7.
“I never played her like a superhero,” said Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter about the troubled, complex Super Hero during the show’s panel at Deadline’s Contenders Emmys event this morning. “When I was building the character, I felt like if I threw a punch and somebody is going through a wall because of it that was because she was so strong inside. [Her powers] was just an extension of what she really is.” She and series creator Melissa Rosenberg were on hand to discuss the critically acclaimed Netflix series, which was renewed for a second season back in January. “We were always approaching the powers as a matter-of-fact. Its simply who she is,” Rosenberg told Deadline’s Dominic Patten.
The series, which debuted in November, was a critical success particularly for the way it approached such difficult topics as gaslighting, rape, PTSD and the process by which the main character, Marvel’s first female superheroic lead, deals with them. Even so, Rosenberg said she didn’t Melissa Rosenberg, Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jonesnecessarily boil Jones down to being simply about womanhood. “It didn’t feel I was approaching it has a female character… It was really about building a character, not being defined by her gender” but “informed by it.”
Ritter said she particularly loved how Jones was “informed… by her past, how vulnerable she is, how strong, how powerful she is. Also she’s very cool… there are so many layers for me to play as an actor.” Ritter also cited the show’s emphasis on character development instead of simple action. “There was so much quiet. Some of my favorite moments are when Jessica is alone at her house and how she relates to a whiskey bottle.” Rosenberg, who has worked on multiple platforms from network television to features (the Twilight series and The O.C) gave credit to the Netflix format for those moments. “Its a different perimeter, you’re really able to dig into the story you’re telling a 13-hour movie esstentially. It opens up the storytelling and there’s a lot of story.”
Krysten Ritter, of Breaking Bad and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 fame, is officially returning to television. NBC picked up her comedy Mission Control, in which she’ll star as a female engineer facing some old-fashioned sexism in the male-dominated 1960s space program. The show, produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, is expected to have their signature Anchorman vibe.
She’ll also be credited as a producer on the single-camera entry from exec producer Will Ferrell.
Krysten Ritter is ready to go to the moon for NBC.
The Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 alum is near a deal to play the starring role in the network’s period space comedy Mission Control, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The workplace ensemble comedy, from executive producer Will Ferrell, is set in 1962 and in the tone of Anchorman. The single-camera comedy examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon.
Ritter will star as Mary, the tough girl and head engineer who leads the Apollo team at Mission Control at the NASA Manned Space Center (in 1965). She’s a woman in a man’s world who is super-smart, brisk without being brusque and immensely capable without losing her feminine appeal. When Tom Stone is brought in to add balance to Mission Control, Mary sees it as a sexist attempt to undercut everything she has done.
avid Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) will pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television comedy alongside Gary Sanchez Productions’ Adam McKay and Ferrell. Ritter will also be credited as a producer on the comedy. She joins a cast that also includes Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin.
Ritter’s credits include Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Search Party, Listen Up Philip, Asthma and Rob Thomas’ upcoming Veronica Mars feature film, reprising her role from the TV series. She’s repped by WME, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management and Bloom Hergott.
EXCLUSIVE: Dustin Hoffman made his directorial debut last year with Quartet and now son Jake Hoffman is helming his first feature. Starring Krysten Ritter and Aussie newcomer Benedict Samuel, Hoffman’s Asthma examines the consequences of the live fast, die young mentality in NYC’s indie rock scene. Produced by Noah C. Haeussner and executive produced by Michael Raimondi, the Hoffman written film will begin production in the fall. Union Entertainment Group is producing and co-financing, and WME is handling domestic sales. Christine Lahti is also in the indie as is Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes playing himself. Benedict Samuel is with WME, Management 360 and United Management in Australia. Lahti is represented by ICM Partners and Management 360. Currently filming the Tim Burton-directed Big Eyes with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in film and in the NBC comedy pilot Assistance, former Don’t Trust the B—- In Apt 23 star Ritter is repped by WME, The Group Entertainment and Sanders Armstrong Casert. Jake Hoffman is with WME and Generate.