WB’s ‘Archie’ Adaptation In the Vein Of ‘Evil Dead’ With Zombies?!

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Deadline is reporting some absolutely bizarre and incredible news that coud pit Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead against the undead!

Warner Bros Pictures last night just closed all deals for a live action movie based on the “Archie Comics” books.

In slightly alarming news, Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) has signed on to direct while Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie) is writing.

Sources tell the site that the screenplay envisions a “high school comedy based on the original line of Archie Comics set in present day Riverdale.” But earlier this year scribe Aguirre-Sacasa signed on to write a new line of the venerable Archie Comics with a peculiar way into their adventures: flesh eating zombies! Aguirre-Sacasa helped fix the troubled Broadway musical “Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark” and scripted the upcoming remake of Carrie that stars Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore. But his “Afterlife With Archie” ponders a zombie apocalypse in suburban New York. It isn’t replacing the usual Archie Comics, just supplementing them.

This series came out of the scribe’s conversations with Archie creator/publisher/editor John L. Goldwater, “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’.

He said the comic books’ gore will be balanced with “elements that are quintessentially Archie.” Now Warner Bros Pictures is behind Aguirre-Sacasa taking Archie Comics to the Big Screen for the very first time.

Archie has thrice been an animated TV series (1968, 1970, 1999). In the early 1970s, a live-action TV special of Archie characters aired and in 1990 a TV movie.