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…)
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
After the shit show that was my high school production of the musical, Little Shop of Horrors, I thought that would be the last of it I’d see in my lifetime. I thought I’d escaped it. Apparently not.
Warner Bros. is considering remaking it, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt producing and starring and possibly with screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing the thing.
Some sources are saying that JGL and Aguirre-Sacasa are great choices to get this show on the road; one can sing and act and the other is a decent writer. Whether or not that is the case, I’d like to call attention to the fact that this is another remake out of the 73628 we’ve seen recently. Even if this is the right time with the right people… What the goddamn fuck happened to Hollywood creativity? The magic of Hollywood apparently now lies in re-creation.
This story has received quite a bit of love over the decades: it started in the 1930s and became two movies, a musical play and an animated series. Now… it’ll be another musical movie. Go figure.
We may soon have yet another adventure in the little shop, little shop of horrors where suddenly, Seymour has completely disappeared and ohmygoddon’tfeedtheplants.
Check out the trailer of the 1986 Warner Bros. rendition of Little Shop of Horrors.
It’s no surprise that the Broadway adaptation Spider-man: Turn off the Dark was going to be a success. Even with their delays in production, going several million dollars over budget and the removal and replacement of former director Julie Taymor the production has been successful enough for a Tony nomination for Julie Taymor. Wait…my spider-sense is tingling.
Ah . . . the glory of seeing something you didn’t really care much about implode in a $65 million dollar boondoggle. The gloriously disastrous musical that is Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, now the butt of every Broadway joke, has decided to drop back and punt by bringing in Broadway veteran Paul Bogaev. Hired to “help improve the performance, vocal and orchestration arrangements,” Bogaev has his hands full. Bono and the Edge are currently writing new music and the musicals producers are talking to, but have not signed, Spider-Man comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to re-work some of the book (That’s Broadway for “script” . . . Now you know as much as I do about Broadway). Contrary to blog reports, the production has not hired a new director. Three weeks to go before the show’s fifth scheduled opening on March 15.
Fifth times the charm! I’m sure of it!
Just click those ruby red shoes and say,
“There’s no musical like Spiderman,
There’s no musical like Spiderman!”
Now for the salt that’s gonna get rubbed into Julie Taymor’s and Bono’s $65 million dollar wounds. Justin Moran, humorist and playwright, has launched “Spider-man Smackdown”, a guerrilla theater project to write, compose, choreograph, cast, rehearse, and perform a complete musical based on the character Spiderman in New York City before the March 15th opening date of the fifth attempt to open Spiderman: Turn of the Dark on Broadway.
You can check out Moran’s blog for updates and videos about the project like the one below.
“How important is $65 Million in making good theatre?” jokes Moran. “We’re going to develop a story, write a complete musical score and script, design sets and costumes, cast, rehearse, advertise and ultimately mount the production on March 14th, 2011 at the The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC.”
That $65 million is very important, without that you can’t buy enough doughnuts to keep the Unions happy. There are many theatre unions, Actors Equity Association (for actors and stage managers), the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE, for designers and technicians). Many theatres require that their staff be members of these organizations.