When Fox announced a live action film adaptation of the Archie comics, I thought - about ducking time! The Archie comics are over seventy years old and while some comic series have been made and remade time and again (ahem Spiderman cough Batman splutter Superman), others have been ignored completely (ARCHIE). This is molto sad - despite its advanced age, Archie's a progressive series, with openly gay characters (ok, mainly just Kevin Keller and Devon!) and references to the Occupy Movement.
The live action film will feature all of the gang - Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead - and is being directed by Pitch Perfect director while (Glee) is writing. Sounds like a winning recipe for a film Aguirre-Sacasa has stated will be 'a quintessential teen movie.'
Or would it? Rumor had it that here was a chance that Archie could end up being a zombie movie. The confusion arose when Aguirre-Sacasa signed on to write the upcoming spooky Archie comic series, 'Afterlife With Archie', in which suburban New York falls victim to a zombie apocalypse. Since Aguirre-Sacasa had also signed on to write for the film, people connected the dots - falsely.
Aguirre-Sacasa has stressed that the film will be about the day-to-day trials of being a teenager, rather than battling off the undead:
'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.'
'In fact, now that I'm remembering that breakfast where we first discussed 'Afterlife With Archie,' it was at a breakfast meeting for the 'Archie' movie, which his going to be a straight-up teen movie," the writer continued. "It's Archie's coming-of-age story. Hopefully, it will be the 'Archie' movie people have been anticipating for 70-plus years. And here's a tidbit: expect to see fan-favorites Cheryl Blossom and Kevin Keller in it, in very prominent ways.'
Aguirre-Sacasa delved a little deeper into what the film will focus on in the below:
'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,' said Aguirre-Sacasa. '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.'
Zombies or a coming of age story? What would you rather see? Let us know in the comments below!