If you've strolled through the mall lately, you may have noticed Archie's Girls, which reinvents the Archie Comics for MAC's line of make-up aimed at young women. The posters that accompany the campaign turn Betty and Veronica into a couple of sluts and reimagine Archie as a devilish douche combination nerd/jock with a lot of facial piercings. Warner Bros. is now bringing that aesthetic to the big screen with a new film based on the iconic Archie comic books. And here's the kicker: The first outing will possibly be based on Afterlife with Archie, which continues to update the popular comic trio, throwing zombies into the mix.
A deal closed last night to bring this latest iteration of the longstanding and iconic comic book series to the screen. Roy Lee and Dan Lin (Gangster Squad; Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) are producing, with Pitch Perfect's Jason Moore directing and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie; Glee: Thanksgiving) writing.
The story will take place in a modern day version of Riverdale. At the moment, it's believed that the screenplay will follow a flesh-eating plague that sweeps through the hallowed hallways of this iconic high school. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is also the scribe behind the Afterlife with Archie comic book series, which balances its gore with 'elements that are quintessentially Archie'.
This will be the first time that Archie is seen on the big screen. He first appeared in comic books in 1941, and has attempted to stay true to the changing times ever since. In 2010, the series introduced its first gay character. There have been a number of animated series based on the property, and there was a live action 1990 TV movie. What do you think? Does Afterlife with Archie excite you? Have you always wanted to see Jughead battle zombies? Who's the hotter dead girl? Betty or Veronica?