We're enjoying an Archie renaissance these days, with the age-old high school tale getting everything from a modern-day comic reboot, to a zombie-centric horror offshoot. There’s also a TV series, though it could’ve turned out very different.
While chatting with Collider, Archie Comics CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa recounted an early pitch meeting with fellow executive producer Jon Goldwater about the project that would eventually become The CW's Riverdale. The series is basically a high school drama mixed with a murder mystery, like the sweet spot between Pretty Little Liars and Twin Peaks. But it could've been a film. With time travel. Starring Louis C.K. as Archie. As he travels through portals. WTF?
Here's an excerpt from his comments:
"So we go to the kickoff meeting, and he said, 'I've been thinking about this, and I think you guys kind of need to do something a little more high concept, a little bigger than just a coming of age show.' And I said, 'Great. We're open to that.' He's like, 'I want you to think about time travel.' And I was like, 'What do you mean?' He’'s like, 'Archie traveling through time.' And I said, 'Okay.'
We sort of sat there. And we're like, 'Okay.' And he's like, 'It seems like you don't like the time travel thing. I got another thing. Portals.' And I'm like, 'Portals?' 'Portals are huge. This is a portal to another dimension.' And we're just sitting there like gobsmacked. And this was the greatest one, which I think is actually a funny idea. He's like, 'What if Louis C.K. is Archie?'"
Apparently they bounced just about every idea off the wall before drilling down to Riverdale, which isn't much of a surprise from the studio that turned the classic story of a high school love triangle into a high concept post-apocalypse saga. They’re not afraid to think outside the box, and with Riverdale they started outside the box before eventually ending box-adjacent.
What do you think? Would you like to see Louis C.K.'s Archie traveling through time/portals to alternate dimensions?