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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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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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ArchieWith so many comic books making the leap from paneled page to film reel, it was just a matter of time before somebody got the bright idea to bring Archie and his pals to the big screen.

Variety reports that Archie Comics Publications has forged a partnership with the Creative Artists Agency.

According to the report, CAA is seeking "to create branded entertainment opportunities in film and TV," meaning that Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead—plus a whole host of others—could be heading to theaters. Read More...

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Veronica 196 & Colbie CaillatFrom Kiss' "Howard the Duck" cameo to The Beatles' appearance in Dr. Strange's "Strange Tales," more than a few musicians have popped up in comics. However, Colbie Caillat's guest role in "Veronica" #196 this September may be the first time a real-life pop star crosses over with comic book icon Archie to perform a word-balloon duet.

Caillat's upcoming release, "Breakthrough," drops just one week ahead of her comic book appearance, making her concert in Archie's fictional hometown of Riverdale a timely event. The concert-centric issue sees Veronica miffed at her best friend Betty, who wins tickets to the show and opts to take their mutual love interest, Archie. This leads to a fateful encounter with Caillat and a chance for the artist to perform her latest single, "Fallin' For You" in a duet with Archie Comics' leading man. Read More...

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