Classic 'Archie' Comic Getting Film Adaptation with a Zombie Twist?
by Ethan Anderton
June 6, 2013
Spider-Man, Captain America, X-Men, Iron Man, Superman, Batman and countless other comic book characters are more than a big deal on the big screen. But how about a non-superhero comic book icon finally gets the film treatment? Deadline has word that the classic Archie Comics are headed to the big screen courtesy of Warner Bros. with Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore signed on to helm and "Glee" scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing the script. The film is described as a "high school comedy based on the original line of Archie Comics set in present day Riverdale," but there may be more to it than that.
Why does it seem like this project has more than meets the eye? Well, Aguirre-Sacasa recently wrote a new line of supplemental Archie Comics called Afterlife with Archie that follows Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and all the familiar characters as they deal with a zombie apocalypse in suburban New York. It's certainly an interesting idea, but maybe Archie needs a standalone movie for longtime fans before they dive into horror territory. Of course, the idea of using familiar comic characters and thrusting them into various genre adventures could be something fans and Hollywood alike begin to embrace.
Following some animated series and a live-action TV special and TV movie, this will be the most high profile adaptation of the comic yet. Having someone from "Glee" script the film will certainly help get a younger audience interested in the film. Plus, despite inconsistency in quality on the musical comedy series on Fox, the themes and story arcs covered are relevant and progressive, and Archie was one of the first comics to introduce a gay character. If anything, the presence of Moore as a director is what has our attention at this point. Plus, there was also a crossover comic between Archie and "Glee" characters which seems weird, but it must have worked on some level. Anyway, we'll have to see how this plays out.