With so many of the most popular comics nowadays revolving around such high adrenaline elements, it’s easy to forget about the average Joe’s of the comic world. Case in point: Archie comics; just regular teens going through regular high school drama. In an effort to revive Archie, Funny or Die writer/director Adam McKay and Archie Comics are teaming up for an Archie Broadway Musical. With past projects including Anchorman and Talladega Nights, McKay will surely inject the perfect doses of youth and humor into the musical, along with the companion book that he’ll write. The Riverdale gang is NYC bound, and Funny or Die will be co-presenting!
Archie has been trying to refresh its image for a while now, starting with a modern-day reboot series, and crossover comics with Sharknado and Predator. The goal here seems to be getting Archie back to the pop culture staple status that he once held way back when. McKay had very promising things to say about the musical in a statement:
“Archie represents a bygone era of America. And like all bygone eras, there are elements we miss and elements that should be bygone,”
“This will be a musical that deals with both those realities in a bright, colorful and slightly demented way.”
Archie CEO and Publisher Jon Goldwater sounds just as excited in his own statement:
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Adam McKay and Funny Or Die to finally bring Archie to the stage. We’ve always thought that Archie was destined to be a big Broadway star – and now that moment has come!”
“I’ve long admired Adam’s work and the pairing of Archie’s world with his brilliant humor and sensibility is the perfect fit. We look forward to developing this project together with this incredible team.”
A release date has yet to be announced, but that “slightly demented” elements McKay spoke about are sure to pique some major interest! It’ll also be fun to see the two fairly different fan bases merging: old school Archie fans and the offbeat humor enthusiast fans of Funny or Die.