The wholesome comic franchise has been entertaining the world for 72 years and after over a decade since they last appeared on our TV screens, Archie, Betty and Veronica will finally be coming to a movie screen near you and it looks like they might bring some special friends along for the ride.
The future looks promising for this project as there is an all-star team behind its creation. Roy Lee and Dan Lin will be producing the film, while Krishnan Menon and Jon Silk will step-up to the executive producing plate. Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) has been signed to direct and Robert Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee) will be penning the script. Aguiree-Sacasa wrote the script for the new carnation of Carrie starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz; and he is also responsible for fixing the floundering Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.
Earlier in the year, Aguiree-Sacasa signed on to write a new line of Archie adventures with a surprising twist in the story line: flesh-eating zombies! Though it is said that these new adventures are not meant to replace the original Archie storyline, just supplement it. Consequently, it stands to reason that we may be seeing some walkers in the upcoming Archie film(s).
John L. Goldwater, the mastermind behind the Archie comics as its creater/publisher/editor, stated:
“What if the Archie characters found themselves in a Stephen King novel like The Stand or a Sam Raimi movie like The Evil Dead? Could we pull that off, tonally? We’re really going for it. The first arc is called ‘Escape From Riverdale’. The second arc is called, brace yourself, ‘Betty RIP’.”
Warner Bros is on board with the idea of Aguiree-Sacasa taking Archie all the way to the silver screen; especially since he has been so entrenched in the series since writing a four-part series entitled Archie Meets Glee. Speaking with Deadline back in March, Aguirre-Sacasa said that this work “combines two of my great passions: Archie comics and horror comics.”
Goldwater is excited about the film’s potential saying:
“We’re thrilled with the team that Warner Bros, Dan and Roy have put together here. Roberto has become a prolific comics writer for us, and having Jason Moore is the icing on the cake as Pitch Perfect is one of my favourite movies”.
How do you feel about a live-action Archie movie? Would you prefer a straight Archie adventure or is the horror/zombie idea more to your liking? Let us know.