The beloved comic series “Archie” is heading to the big screen. It’s being reported that Warner Bros. picked up the rights to Archie Comics, which will make this the first feature film for the 72-year-old franchise.
“Glee” scribe Roberto Aguire-Sacasa is writing the screenplay, while “Pitch Perfect’s” Jason Moore is slated to direct. The live action project is described as a “high school comedy based on the original line of Archie Comics set in present-day Riverdale.”
“The idea for this is to capture a very truthful, authentic coming-of-age story with these kids that includes heartache, that includes pain, that will obviously temper the fun and the hijinks,” Aguire-Sacasa says in an interview with the Associated Press. “It’s going to be a fun — hopefully — summer movie, but we’re not shying away from the truth and the awkwardness and the growing pains of being a teenager.”
Meanwhile, Deadline speculates that the “Archie” movie could involve zombies to coincide with the new line of “Archie” comics that Aguire-Sacasa was hired to write. Called “Afterlife with Archie,” the comics series is set in suburban New York amid the zombie apocalypse.