An AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE Movie Or TV Show Is A Real Possibility
Late last year one comic book took fans by absolute surprise and quickly gained a rabid following. That series was from Archie Comics and it was called Afterlife with Archie from writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and fan-favorite artist Francesco Francavilla. The story of Riverdale being plunged into a zombie apocalypse thanks in part to Sabrina and Jughead turned into a serious and rather adult story that fans couldn’t get enough of. When it was revealed in June that a live-action Archie movie was in the works, Deadline theorized that it could be based on the then upcoming Afterlife series. That report was shot down rather fast, but now it seems the Archie camp likes the idea.
This morning turned into a mini-Archie day with news hitting that Girls star Lena Dunham would write a four-part story and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had been promoted to Archie‘s first chief creative officer. In a big interview on CBR about Aguierre-Sacasa‘s new job, the new chief creative officer and Jon Goldwater, the co-CEO, talked about the state of Archie Comics. The talks eventually turned to the movie that is in the works written by Aguierre-Sacasa with Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore attached to direct. While the duo wanted to keep things close to the vest for now, they mention that Afterlife with Archie is a possibility for a movie or TV show:
Aguirre-Sacasa: These wheels turn very, very, very slowly. The development process is much more protracted for a movie or a television show than it is for a comic book. In the time it took to get a pitch ready for a movie, we pitched, and wrote, and published the first four issues of “Afterlife.”
“Afterlife” is a big game-changer for Archie. It has made us think, “Wow, should the Archie movie be an ‘Afterlife’ movie?” “Should ‘Afterlife’ be a TV series?” We took a little bit of a beat to figure out, because whatever our first big thing is going to be, obviously that’s going to define the company in a major way. So we want to get it right.
Goldwater: We are very excited about the possibility of doing an “Afterlife” movie or a TV series. We just think it could be tons and tons of fun — and extraordinarily successful.
Aguirre-Sacasa: I remember when I was a kid and I read “Archie Meets the Punisher,” I was like, “That’s a crazy idea. But it’s so brilliant it might work.” That’s kind of what we want whatever that first thing is to be. We want people to be like, “That is so insane, but it may work it’s so insane.” It’s got to be the right kind of message. Wheels are definitely turning, and stay tuned for more on that front.
An Afterlife with Archie TV show may be a harder sale considering some of the other popular zombie shows out there, but a miniseries or a movie has some real potential. The series has surprised a lot of people and showed another side of Archie Comics people would like to see more of. With all the comic book properties in development nowadays, only time will tell if Afterlife gets new life on the big or small screen. What do you think? Would you like to see zombie Archie and company on the big screen?
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