Rising from the ashes of UPN and The WB, The CW has become popular for its teen-focused dramas and its hosting of the Arrowverse, featuring Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. The network has just announced that it has placed an order for six new pilots, just fifteen short of the quorum necessary for producing hot radio hits such as “Stressed Out.” The order for the new pilots leans heavily on science fiction and supernatural fare, and one project based on the classic Archie Comics.
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! (more…)
Let’s call it as we see it: the Sharknado film franchise, currently filming its fourth movie in the series, ain’t the greatest cinema in the world. But it knows what it is: entertaining, ridiculous schlock. And because it makes no assertions of being good – and makes no apologies for being bad – you know exactly what you’re getting when you sit down to view it. And for that, people appreciate it; people watch it; people enjoy it. Now, the fin-fueled storm system has broken out of its celluloid format and “crossed over” with a comic series that is itself delightfully random and surreal: Archie Andrews and his crew from Riverdale.
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Those wacky Predators are like the Scooby-Doo Gang of the universe – they seem to cross-over with just about anybody and anybody famous. Over the course of their time in our pop-culture crosshairs, they’ve ran into the Aliens, Batman, Witchblade, Judge Dredd, Superman & the JLA, the Terminator, and even very recently, Archie and his crew from Riverdale. There’s a ton more encounters that are encompassed in fan fiction, too; one particularly well-done version has recently hit online and is making the pop-culture world take notice. (more…)
Between The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine, iZombie and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., comic books of all types are pretty well represented on TV right now. Compounding that are new series coming down the pipe, like the four Marvel Netflix series, Supergirl on CBS, and Powers on the Playstation Network. But something is amiss, maybe something representative of comic books that are not action/adventure, horror or super-powered oriented. If the word “Archie” just popped in your mind – Congratulations! – your mind is exactly where Fox executives is. News broke earlier today that Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie and the rest will be coming to small screens sometime in the future in a “bold, subversive” new take of the 50-year-old franchise. (more…)
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Because the soon-to-be former Time Lord and big chin having lady killer is going to need a sharp chopping tool for all the psychotic killer-y things that are sure to go down when he takes the stage for an upcoming musical that should be very familiar to fans of the 80s, slasher films, and Huey Lewis and the News.
Recent news that an Archies movie was in development, and that it was based on the comic book Afterlife with Archie, which pitted Riverdale’s resident ginger against a legion of the walking dead, set the internet on fire. Too bad it’s not meant to be. Afterlife with Archie author and Glee writer and producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is clarifying the nature of the Archie movie he’s helping to develop, and for those hoping for blood, gore and dismembered limbs (hopefully Reggie’s), it looks like Aguirre-Sacasa is working on something a little more straightforward.
Aguirre-Sacasa discussed the project recently with the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog. It looks like we’re talking about a straight-up Archie movie, but at least Aguirre-Sacasa seems to know his stuff in regards to all things Archie. Here the writer talks about his own expectations, and which specific characters he’d like to squeeze into the film:
“The movie and this series are completely separate entities…Jon [Goldwater] and I have been talking about the movie for a while now — in fact, now that I’m remembering that breakfast where we first discussed ‘Afterlife With Archie,’ it was at a breakfast meeting for the ‘Archie’ movie, which is going to be a straight-up teen movie. It’s Archie’s coming-of-age story. Hopefully, it will be the ‘Archie’ movie people have been anticipating for 70-plus years. And here’s a tidbit: Expect to see fan-favorites Cheryl Blossom and Kevin Keller in it, in very prominent ways.”
In case you don’t know, Kevin Keller is Archie’s first openly gay character. Cheryl Blossom, meanwhile, is the red-haired temptress that tried to snake Archie from both Betty and Veronica. So Aguirre-Sacasa knows his Archies, but can the man make these characters relevant for a 21st century movie audience without zombies? He seems to think that thematically the path has been sewn with his work in Afterlife with Archie:
“Of course there’s an element about staying relevant — reflecting the world, reflecting current pop-culture… telling fresh, compelling stories that shake up the status-quo. I don’t want to speak for Jon [Goldwater], but it seems like his philosophy is to constantly be pushing forward, into new realms. Stagnation = death. And not the good, zombie-dead dead.”
Archie has proven surprisingly spry in comic book form always adapting to the times, so I have no doubt a compelling and modern movie adaptation of Archie could be made with the right combination of talent in front of, and behind the camera. Still, I wouldn’t mind seeing a movie version of Afterlife with Archie someday, and assuming they can get the rights, maybe someone could get to work on a movie version of this Archie comic too:
Just a thought.
Source: The Mary Sue