Saturday, June 8, 2013

Archie the Movie... Without Zombies!!!

Earlier this week, I wrote about news that were efforts to create a live-action movie featuring Archie and the Gang in the middle of a zombie apocalypse! Turns out those rumors were untrue. Not the movie, but the zombie part. Check this out:
Archie Comics is proud to announce that Warner Bros. Pictures will be producing a live-action Archie movie based on the Archie Comics characters. This is the first feature film starring the Riverdale gang in the publisher’s 72 year history...

Roy Lee and Dan Lin will produce, while Jon Goldwater, Krishnan Menon, and Jon Silk will serve as Executive Producers. Details on the story reveal it will be a “high school comedy based on the original line of Archie Comics set in present day Riverdale”.

“We are thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. on this project and have complete faith in their ability to bring Archie to the big screen in a way the fans will love,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Having Roberto write and Jason direct is Archie’s ‘Dream Team.’ Also, without Dan, Roy, Krish, and Jon, we could not have made this happen.”

“Jason [Moore] and I have been friends for a long time, and this is a complete passion project for everyone involved, “ Aguirre-Sacasa said, “Archie is the ultimate teenager and this movie will be the ultimate teenage movie—in the grand tradition of Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We are so grateful to Jon [Goldwater] for inviting us to this dance.”
I can't find the source, but Aguirre-Sacasa has already debunked the zombie rumor in an interview.

So there is a movie in the works and it will be a comedy based on the Archie Comics characters. It will not feature zombies -- though it's always possible that someone will have a dream sequence featuring zombies! Given that Jason Moore of Pitch Perfect will be directing, it's possible that we will see the Archies in musical action. If we're really lucky, Kevin will join the usual Gang of Five in this movie!

And, as always, this project could fail to materialize, which happens all the time. So keep your fingers crossed!

Who do you think should be cast in this new Archie Movie? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section!



Fresh faces should be cast in the roles of the Archie characters, with famous names cast as the adults. I would LOVE to see Lily Tomlin play Miss Grundy, wouldn't you? Veronica should be a transplanted Southern belle, just like she was in the '60s and '70s, and my wish is that Reggie would sport a snarky Australian accent. I don't know who could play Kevin Keller today, but back in the '80s, Maxwell Caulfield would have been perfect.

Jon said...

Tomlin would be an interesting choice.

I hated the voice actors that they used for Veronica in the 70s Archie and Sabrina cartoons.

Anthony said...

Vaguely recall that the 40s Archie radio show gave Veronica a Southern accent...which might explain the Filmation cartoons using such, as that would've been the only prior Archie media production for a reference.

But yeah, I'd rather she didn't have such an accent.

Jon said...

It wasn't so much the accent, but that high-pitched voice. Oh my!!!


There was a practical reason for Veronica's Southern accent. On both the 1940s radio show and the '60s cartoon, she was voiced by the same actress, Jane Webb, who ALSO did Betty's voice! She needed a way to differentiate the girls, hence Roni's Scarlett O'Hara drawl. While I agree that Webb's accent was pretty cheesy, I don't think it was wrong to cast Ron as a Southern girl. Aside from Marvel's Rogue, (who came along in the 1980s if I recall correctly), there really aren't any high-profile "Red State" girls in the comics.