Archie comics lovers, rejoice!
Warner Brothers Pictures announced last Thursday that they are partnering with Glee writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and director Jason Moore to bring Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge and the rest of the ‘Riverdale gang’ to life on the big screen.
Archie Comics, founded by Jewish editor and publisher, John L. Goldwater, first hit the news stand in 1942. Archie Comics animated spinoffs have been produced since the 1960s, and NBC aired the TV film “Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again” in 1990.
Now, Goldwater’s son, Jon Goldwater is CEO, and hopes to convey a modern “high school” narrative film based off Archie Comics, while still appealing to a teenage audience to whom comic books have become exceedingly sparse.
Aguierre-Sacasa explains, “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.”
With comics upon comics stacked in my attic, and as someone who has (not ashamed) seen the 90’s TV movie (twice), I’m greatly looking forward to this film. Nothing describes awkward, young, and lovesick better than the Betty, Veronica, and Archie love triangle.