by Brett White
This has been a big news week for non-superhero comics, with longtime Vertigo series "Fables" getting a movie adaptation, followed today by news that the Archie Comics gang will finally get a feature film. Deadline's reported that "Pitch Perfect" director Jason Moore and "Glee" writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are hard at work on bringing the film to life.
The real headline that Deadline's running with, though, make the curious leap connecting the film with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's upcoming comic book series, "Afterlife With Archie." Aguirre-Sacasa said that the series was born out of "asking questions like 'What if the Archie characters found themselves in a Stephen King novel like 'The Stand' or a Sam Raimi movie like 'The Evil Dead'? Could we pull that off, tonally? We're really going for it. The first arc is called 'Escape from Riverdale.' The second arc is called, brace yourself, 'Betty RIP/'" Is this the path the "Archie" feature film will run down in terror?
Deadline makes the leap that this "Archie" movie will be based on "Afterlife With Archie" solely because Aguirre-Sacasa is connected to both. That's it. There's no evidence to support that zombies will factor into the Archie movie other than the fact that the screenwriter is writing a comic book about Archie meeting with Zombies. He also wrote the "Archie Meets Glee" storyline; why not throw in the rumor that Jane Lynch will show up while we're at it? And Aguirre-Sacasa wrote a really cool "Nightcrawler" ongoing series for Marvel Comics back in 2004.
You heard it here first! Nightcrawler to appear in Archie Comics movie!
All kidding aside, this zombie mess is overshadowing the real story here. There's finally going to be an "Archie" movie! Aside from random cartoons and TV specials, the Riverdale gang has been confined to comics since their debut over 70 years ago. 70 years! Archie's also been at the forefront of modern trends, shockingly for a comic book series just a few years younger than Superman. They introduced gay character Kevin Keller, had a gay wedding in "Life With Archie" #16, and jumped into simultaneous digital releases for all of their comics, before both Marvel and DC did.
Archie Comics has been pushing boundaries and providing incredibly fun stories for the past few years now, proving that you can teach old dogs how to become incredibly relevant dogs that pave the way for permanent industry changes. Continuing this streak with a big movie from a perfect writer and director pairing is great news.
I just hope it doesn't have zombies. "Archie" shouldn't need zombies to draw attention. They've been drawing attention based on their own characters and risk-taking for the last few years. Zombies are everywhere.
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