Valiant Comics is Bringing 'Archer & Armstrong' to the Big Screen
While Marvel and DC Comics are the top contenders in comic book movies, there are still some lesser known, but beloved, comic book titles that make their way to theaters every now and then. Now one more will make the journey as Valiant Comics has announced that they're adapting their series Archer & Armstrong to film. THR reports the comic book company commissioned a script themselves with friend of the site, BenDavid Grabinski, landing the job of writing it. The man has the perfect sensibility and love of buddy action movies to make this work. The film will also be produced by the Sean Daniel Company, which is also working on remakes of Ben-Hur and The Mummy right now. So what's this comic about? Read on!
For those who may not be familiar, Archer & Armstrong is an action buddy comedy in which the young Obadiah Archer is confronted with the “Great Satan” he has been raised to combat for his entire life, only to discover that his enemy is actually a drunken immortal calling himself Armstrong who couldn’t be less interested in bringing about the apocalypse Archer has been warned since childhood. His own parents and the cult they belong to, on the other hand, might have slightly less trustworthy ambitions. Now doesn't that sound like there's great potential for some awesome action and comedy?
What's most impressive is that Valiant is taking this initiative themselves, and not letting a studio just take it over and potentially desecrate their beloved comic book series. The original comic by Jim Shooter, Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob Layton debuted back in 1992, but the series was actually just revived a couple years ago by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry, so hopefully there some fresh fans to get on board the film adaptation. But even for those who don't read the comic, here's hoping it can find an audience in the same way that Guardians of the Galaxy has built up some serious buzz despite being a lesser known title.