Matt Thompson Talks Live Action ‘Archer’ Movie


The last episode of Archer season 7 has just been released. It has truly upheld the Archer style with its signature humour spanning the grim to the immature and always explosive. It has had an epic run already, only slightly dented by its rocky coming of age period during the confusing fifth season, Archer: Vice. Producers Matt Thompson and Adam Reed have no intention of letting down those fans that are eager for more.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Thompson reveals the conversations have been bouncing around the production team about a potential live action Archer movie.

“I think we talk about it once every two years,” he says,

“We vacillate between if you do it, why are you doing the TV show? And should it be live-action, or should it be cartoon? The talk is there, we just still haven’t decided. I don’t think there will be a movie before the last episode of Archer airs on TV. I don’t think we’ll make a movie before the series finishes.”

Perhaps the series could be headed towards a live action climax, when the show in its current format finally winds to a close.

Ultimately, the decision will be left to creator Adam Reed, who has been involved in every episode since day one. So far, he certainly hasn’t vetoed the option of a movie and some ideas are even starting to feel pretty solid.

If it’s live action, Thompson says, the eponymous Sterling Archer, Codename: Duchess, is hoped to be played by Jon Hamm.

Actor Jon Hamm poses at the "Mad Men" Black and Red Ball to celebrate the final seven episodes of the AMC television series in Los Angeles Wednesday, March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok - RTR4UWG8

Hamm has worked with the Archer team before, appearing in the fourth season finale as Captain Hank Murphy, so he knows what the show is like. Even though Archer’s looks were actually based on model Jason Fitzegerald, a certain physical resemblance between Hamm and the cartoon has not gone unnoticed. Tumblr has certainly had a lot of a fun with the likeness.

There remains one problem with the idea of Hamm playing Archer though: his voice. H Jon Benjamin‘s initimitable voice has become a distinctive part of Sterling Archer’s character.

Thompson says, “Adam is always like, ‘I don’t know if I want the movie to be live-action because I want it to be Jon Benjamin!’ … We’re working on a way to create an H. Jon Hamm Benjamin hybrid.”

The two have reportedly discussed having Hamm play Archer, with Benjamin’s voice laid over the top to keep the character intact.

A live action Archer movie is barely in its earliest stages of development right now, merely a shred of an idea so far, but there is just enough talk about to get hardcore fans excited.

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