Archie, the live action movie


Warner Bros. announced production of a live-action Archie film. According to the Washington Post, "Glee" writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is working on the script that Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect") will direct. And lest we forget the last time this was tried, here is a clip of the 1990 TV movie "Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again," which you can also watch in full here. (Gotta love Jughead dancing to The Replacements though.)


      1. “Maybe I imagined it, but I swear, even from 30,000 feet up, I could hear the screams. I still hear them.”

        1. I think that’s a bit higher than the flight ceiling of a Sopwith Camel, but pretty much. Meanwhile Snoopy’s brother Spike was so traumatized by his army service that he spent the rest of his life as a desert hermit who talked to cactuses.

        1. Years ago in National Lampoon or SPY or something there was another called “Cholly Brown” with Loosey and such.

    1. They seem to make the news every time the openly gay character does something.

      (It’s true, y’know.  Just sayin’. Call it a commentary on media coverage of comics if you like.)

    2. I’ve often wondered the same thing. While I think there were those who bought the issues that introduced the first gay character and had an appearance by George Takei, whenever I go through the grocery store checkout and see the Archie comics I wonder how many are destined for the landfill.

    3. I’d wager that there are always going to be 13 year old girls to sell the things to.  There’s something to be said for accessability too, since they’re sold in supermarket checkout aisles and today’s moms know what’s in them for the most part and won’t object to their daughter buying one.  Supposedly they’ve tried to keep the comics somewhat modern despite being perpetually stuck in the 50s.  Sort of a Dennis the Menace type deal, where you can play Cowboys and Indians with your slingshot and then go check out something on the internet a few panels later.

      1. As a former 13 year old girl Archie reader, I have to tell you, I knew more teen boys that read them than girls. 
        I guess those guys might be bronies now though?

    4. That’s not the point. You remember them from your youth, right, maybe with a bit of fond nostalgia? Then Hollywood needs to bring them back, miss the point, and ruin them.

      I mean, it’s not like people were clamoring for the Smurfs or Indiana Jones.

  1. I certainly hope the writers do justice to the evocative story arcs in the source material.

  2. If it is anywhere near the brilliance of the Josie and the Pussycats movie I will be thrilled.

    I am not even remotely kidding.

    1. Are you referring to the staggeringly brilliant send up of corporate music culture and corporations in general which urge everyone to simply become consumers while watching a fun group sell out and self destruct as a result of shallow fame peddled by same corporations?

      Hard to believe corporate Hollywood has never asked the directors back to helm more movies.  After I saw it I couldn’t believe it ever got made in the first place, let alone distributed.

    1. “That’s why Jughead wears that crown-looking hat all the time. He the king of queen Archie’s world.”

  3. The really interesting bit, is the writer that they hired for this, is writing “After Life With Archie” comic book later this year.  Which will have Jughead causing zombies. This might be really cool… 

  4. I kept waiting for the V/O on that trailer to say, “And starring as Archie: That guy who always plays an asshole!”

  5. I saw that film on a plane. It is the actual worst film I have ever seen. It seemed like pornography with the sex cut out. This clip did not change my opinion.

  6. Pitch Perfect was actually pretty good. Nothing groundbreaking, but really well done and a very positive film (without being saccharine or anything, just not cynical like most modern stuff). 

    Choosing the same director for Archie is ideal. Casting was excellent in Pitch Perfect – it’ll be much harder for Archie, of course, but this seems like the sort of director who will give it very careful consideration.

    It’d be easy to just cash in on a really lame adaptation, but I hope that they don’t. I probably won’t see it either way, but I think Archie could work in live action, even if it never has in the past. I’d hope for it to be more Scott Pilgrim-like than, say, Scooby-Doo live action.

    The one thing I really hope they don’t do is one of those movies set in modern times where the original characters look and dress like they’re from the 50’s or 60’s, clashing with everyone else (wearing exaggerated modern styles, of course). It should either be set in the original era, or very carefully transposed to modern times, including clothing and hair styles. There are still people who dress with inspiration from 60’s SoCal prep (myself included) and it doesn’t have to look old-fashioned.

  7. I’d rather them make a live action Starchie.   (Goodman Goes Playboy is a bonus there)

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