Alas, this may very well be the last time we talk about Archie on this site. A couple of weeks ago we told you that Archie, Jughead, Veronica, and the rest of the Riverdale gang were heading to the big screen. One of the bigger rumors surrounding the film was that it would feature zombies.
Now, there was some legitimacy to the rumor. The screenwriter who had been tapped to write the script for the Archie film, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, had also been working on a comic mini-series called “Afterlife with Archie” in which Archie fought the undead. Sadly, like most rumors, this one turned out to be just a beautiful mirage.
In an interview with the LA Times Roberto revealed a few more tidbits about what the upcoming movie would entail and, unfortunately, zombies don’t seem to be a part of the game plan.
The movie and this series are completely separate entities. Jon and I have been talking about the movie for a while now — in fact, now that I’m remembering that breakfast where we first discussed “Afterlife With Archie,” it was at a breakfast meeting for the “Archie” movie, which is going to be a straight-up teen movie. It’s Archie’s coming-of-age story. Hopefully, it will be the “Archie” movie people have been anticipating for 70-plus years. And here’s a tidbit: Expect to see fan-favorites Cheryl Blossom and Kevin Keller in it, in very prominent ways.
So there you have it. Archie will be a coming-of-age tale. Who could’ve possibly guessed that, right? I mean, zombies would’ve just been the obvious choice. It could still turn out to be an awesome comedy, but with a lack of horror imagery I have to bid this story adieu.