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Development: Riverdale creator teases 'Bizarrodale' and Sabrina Easter egg; Legendary lands 2 more big comic creators; Gotham's star says goodbye

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Dec 13, 2018

The creator of Riverdale teases what's in store for the rest of the show's third season, Legendary TV lands two more big comic creators, and Gotham's star says goodbye in our latest development roundup.

First up, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spoke to The Wrap about what's in store for the Archie Comics TV adaptation Riverdale when the show's third season returns next month. And it sounds like they've got quite a bit in store.

"One episode we’re doing is an episode called ‘Bizarrodale,'" Aguirre-Sacasa explained. "Instead of Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead being the core four, it treats Kevin, Cheryl, Reggie, and Josie as the core four."

He also teased that Riverdale will lean heavily into its noir sensibilities as well, complete with a black-and-white episode. "The show has always been noir and always trending noir, but we’ve got an episode coming up that is completely noir — how it’s written, how it’s shot, the plot of it. And it’s really fun."

As far as the possible crossover with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, he says he's working on an easter egg to tide fans over, "but it’s too soon to talk about yet."

Even though the two shows do exist in the same universe, share a minor character, and are both run by Aguirre-Sacasa, he says he wants to wait to make sure they do the potential crossover justice. 

"I think right now our focus is all on wrapping up [Sabrina's second season] and getting that landed in a great way. Once that’s behind us, I think we’ll be able to really investigate and have the conversations about this. That’s my hope, at least."

(via The Wrap)


Speaking of small-screen comic book adaptations, Legendary TV has nabbed two more comic writers to help create content for the company, following last week's signing of Brian K. Vaughn. The Hollywood Reporter has word that Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction have both signed a deal to adapt their respective work for television via their company Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, Inc.

DeConnick, who writes creator-owned series like Pretty Deadly and Bitch Planet for Image Comics, has also penned stories for Captain Marvel, The Avengers, and Supergirl, among others. Likewise, Fraction helms his own comic series — including Casanova and Sex Criminals — in addition to several Marvel titles, including X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man.

"From their brilliantly realized reinventions of established comic book canon to the most unique of original creations, Kelly Sue and Matt are the top of their field," President of Legendary TV Nick Pepper said in a statement. "It is an honor to partner with the Milkfed Criminal Masterminds to bring their work to a wider global audience."

In addition to adapting their own work, the two-year deal has the pair creating and developing original material for both traditional and non-traditional platforms.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)


Finally, now that Gotham wrapped production on its fifth and final season, star Ben McKenzie has posted a formal goodbye to his official Twitter account.

"5 years. That’s a wrap. #gotham love to everyone involved," the post read.

The Batman prequel series was renewed for a shortened fifth season last summer, and will be employing a time jump so we can see the introduction of a certain Caped Crusader. McKenzie stars as a young cop, Jim Gordon, long before he'd be given the title of Commissioner.

The final season of Gotham will kick off Jan. 3 on Fox.


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