It’s a weird pitch, admittedly, but the zombie-fied twist on the classic Archie Comics universe has become a bona fide hit. So what comes next?
It turns out the risky little comic Afterlife With Archie could be coming to the big screen, or small screen, now that it’s a buzzy property for publisher Archie Comics. The comic is a wildly entertaining spin on the classic Archie formula, and follows the gang through a bona fide zombie apocalypse. Walking Dead meets Archie sounds insane, but it really does work.
The publisher is currently eyeing plans for a big-screen extension of the Archie universe, and is now weighing the options for bringing Afterlife With Archie to film or television. Chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and co-CEO Jon Goldwater confirmed as much in a recent chat with Comic Book Resources. Goldwater said the idea could be “extraordinarily successful” on either medium, while Aguirre-Sacasa dug a little deeper into the process:
“These wheels turn very, very, very slowly. The development process is much more protracted for a movie or a television show than it is for a comic book. In the time it took to get a pitch ready for a movie, we pitched, and wrote, and published the first four issues of Afterlife… Afterlife is a big game-changer for Archie. It has made us think, ‘Wow, should the Archie movie be an 'Afterlife' movie?’ ‘Should 'Afterlife' be a TV series?’ We took a little bit of a beat to figure out, because whatever our first big thing is going to be, obviously that's going to define the company in a major way. So we want to get it right.”
Afterlife With Archie is an ongoing comic series, and it's a fun twist for fans of the classic series. Do you think it’d be a better fit for film or TV?
(Via Comic Book Resources)