Warner Bros. has closed a deal to adapt the Archie comic book series into a feature length film. However, out of the 72-year-old franchise they aren’t using any of the standard stories, instead they’re implementing zombies into the mix.
The film is being described as a high school horror comedy. The screenwriter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will be adapting his comic book Afterlife with Archie which proposes what would happen if Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead had to try and survive a zombie apocalypse. He was given permission by Archie creator John L. Goldwater to put a spin on the classic franchise. Sacasa describes his pitch as, “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’.”
Sacasa is no stranger to the high school comedy or horror genres. He is the writer of Fox’s TV series Glee, as well as the upcoming film remake of Carrie. Jason Moore is attached to direct the project. Moore was the director of last year’s sleeper hit Pitch Perfect.
It’s an unusual move for a film adaptation of a beloved franchise to use a relatively unknown and off-beat storyline. The Archie comics have remained extremely popular in modern pop culture and are still best-sellers. More news on Afterlife with Archie should be coming soon, including release date and casting updates.