Archie

by Brett White

Comic Book Resources has a great new interview with Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. The interview further dispels any lingering zombie nonsense that initially surrounded the film, and goes on to shed some light on just what the creative team has in mind.

The film will be written by "Glee's" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and directed by Jason Moore. Moore recently helmed the young adult comedy "Pitch Perfect," making him an inspired choice to bring the Archie gang to life for the first time on the big screen.

"Our vision creatively is a very John Hughes-ian Archie film," says Goldwater. "It's in the spirit of 'Ferris Bueller' and 'Sixteen Candles,' and I know Roberto and Jason share that exact same vision. To hear them discuss their vision for the movie is so inspiring to me. It's unbelievable."

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Citizens of Riverdale! You can officially downgrade your threat-level as far as zombie apocalypses are concerned. Though "Afterlight with Archie" is very much still a reality, the zombie-infused "Archie" comic book won't serve as the basis for the recently announced "Archie" movie.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla, the writer-artist team behind the alternate universe "Archie" comic, recently spoke with Hero Complex about unleashing the armies of the dead against Archie and his pals. During the interview, Aguirre-Sacasa denied the rumors that "Afterlife" was the launching point for the new "Archie" movie.

"The movie and this series are completely separate entities," he said, adding that he and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater have been "talking about the movie for a while now."

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Archie Comics

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?

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When you think of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," does the word "superhero" ever cross your mind? We didn't think so. Witch, magic, Aunt Hilda, her talking cat, Salem? Of course! But superhero? Never. Well, that's all about to change.

Sony Pictures is giving "Sabrina" a superhero makeover, Deadline reports (talk about secret identity). What started as a comic from Archie Comics and evolved into a hit seven season TV series is now being turned into a live action film. The story will follow Sabrina as a young girl as she navigates life with her supernatural powers. Deadline describes the film as "edgier" and says Salem will still play a big role in the movie, but this time as a prince who was transformed into the black cat. For all you romantics out there, it looks like Salem will not only be her confidant, but love interest as well.

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DESCWith a background as an action movie star and governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has become involved with Stan Lee for “The Governator.” But will the superhero governor sink or swim?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is very much afloat. An article chronicling the business propositions of Schwarzenegger's comic book, animated series and impending live-action property brings news about the cartoon getting picked up internationally.

After a short trailer was played at MIPTV in Cannes, broadcasters from France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom reportedly lined up for the property. U.S. rights have not yet been sold.

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Geek Gift Guide 2010Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means there's only a month of shopping left in the holiday season. However, while this can be a scary realization for many people, you don't have to worry — because we've got ideas for the geeks on your list (or anyone else you want to convert to a life of geekery) covered.

This year, we're giving you the next best thing to actually buying the gifts for you. Your friendly neighborhood Splash Page team has come up with a wide-ranging list of books, games, toys, music and various other things to buy for everyone on your list — from the hardcore fanboys and fangirls to someone who's still learning the difference between Green Lantern and Green Hornet.

In the end, we tried to avoid some of the most obvious comics-related gifts this year and give you a mash-up of our own wishlists and the items we're planning to buy for our own friends and family. Here's hoping you find it helpful when it comes time for you to start dropping your hard-earned money on manufactured holiday joy. Read More...

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Archie & Friends: TwiliteEarlier this month we brought you an exclusive preview of "Archie & Friends" #146, in which Archie and the Riverdale gang encounter a brooding vampire, a shirt-adverse werewolf, and a host of other characters inspired by the wildly popular "Twilight" franchise.

The first half of Archie Comics' "Twilight" parody, "Archie & Friends: Twilite" concludes next week with "Archie & Friends" #147 — and we have an exclusive preview of the issue for Splash Page readers. The issue hits comic shop shelves September 8, and promises a "larger-than-life conclusion" to the tale.

Will Veronica choose Archie over Ivan, the handsome, pale-skinned new guy in school who might be a vampire? Is Jughead Team Ivan or Team Archie? All these questions and more will be answered in the pages of "Archie & Friends" #147! Read More...

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TwiliteBack in June, we brought you the first look at "Twilite," the upcoming "Archie & Friends" parody of the "Twilight" movie franchise.

Sporting a cover that spoofs the popular "Twilight Saga: New Moon" poster image, the first issue of "Twilite" hits shelves August 11 — but you can check out the first 11 pages exclusively here on Splash Page.

It’s love at first bite when two new mysterious students arrive in Riverdale. Betty and Veronica are fascinated by the smoldering-hot Ivan, but Jared is warning everyone who will listen that Ivan is really a bloodsucker!

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Archie & FriendsLast week, we told you about the upcoming issue of "Archie & Friends" that parodies MTV's "The Jersey Shore." Well, we've got more for you today from the Riverdale Gang's encounter with a familiar group of tan- and gel-happy residents of the local beach.

Thanks to the good folks at Archie Comics, you can now check out the first five pages of "Archie & friends" #145, which hits shelves July 14. (You can also order it online at ArchieComics.com.) It's written by Dan Parent, and features all of the hijinks that would naturally ensue if Archie and the gang crossed paths with Snackums, The Commotion, J-Pow and the rest of the Archie-fied "Jersey Shore" crew.

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Archie & Friends: TwiliteYesterday we brought you the news that "Archie & Friends" was headed to beach for a comic poking fun at MTV's "The Jersey Shore," but today brings even more news from Riverdale. Archie, Jughead, Veronica and the rest of their gang will offer their unique take on the "Twilight" franchise in their next parody comic.

Revealed exclusively to MTV News, Archie Comics has provided the cover to the first issue of the two-part "Twilite" story that kicks off August 11. And like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" before it, the image pays tribute to the popular poster art for "Twilight: New Moon."

Will Betty and Veronica fall for the new, mysterious students at their school? Will one of the guys spend most of the story shirtless? Where does Jughead stand in the sparkling vampires debate? These are the questions that haunt my soul! Read More...

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Cover Artist

Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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