‘Archie’ Movie To Have ‘Ferris Bueller’ Feel, Not Feature Zombies

by Brett White

Comic Book Resources has a great new interview with Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. The interview further dispels any lingering zombie nonsense that initially surrounded the film, and goes on to shed some light on just what the creative team has in mind.

The film will be written by “Glee’s” Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and directed by Jason Moore. Moore recently helmed the young adult comedy “Pitch Perfect,” making him an inspired choice to bring the Archie gang to life for the first time on the big screen.

“Our vision creatively is a very John Hughes-ian Archie film,” says Goldwater. “It’s in the spirit of ’Ferris Bueller’ and ’Sixteen Candles,’ and I know Roberto and Jason share that exact same vision. To hear them discuss their vision for the movie is so inspiring to me. It’s unbelievable.”

After citing those two John Hughes movies as potential touchstones for the upcoming film, Goldwater mentions that Hughes had an affection for Archie Comics.

“Hollywood lore is rife with the fact that John Hughes was a huge Archie fan,” reveals Goldwater. “A lot of what he did was inspired by Archie history and Archie IP. So we’re going to embrace his genius and hopefully make our own movie that’s unique, interesting and fun with its own flavor. But it’ll be very ’Ferris Bueller.’ That’s the vision we have for the movie.”

With Warner Bros. behind the film, the next step towards getting it made is getting the script ready, Goldwater states. “I think really right now the most important thing is Roberto putting the pen to paper and having the most genius script we can have. After that, it is the casting process. But for now, Roberto is doing his thing, and as soon as that’s done, then the next step is assembling a cast. But the script comes first and foremost.”

Be sure to check out the rest of CBR’s interview, complete with details about the upcoming “Afterlife With Archie” series and the new “Sabrina” animated series.

[via Comic Book Resources]

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