Oh yes! Hot off the heels of the recent TV series “Gotham“, Fox is set to bring another legendary comic book series to TV soon!
Following the release of “Gotham” TV series, Fox will be developing an-hour drama series based on the characters from the Archie Comics. Titled “Riverdale”, the TV series is set in the present day of a small fictional town, where the story revolves around the relationship between the titular character Archie Andrews and his love interests, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge.
Archie’s best friend, Jughead Jones and his rival, Reggie Mantle are some of the characters that will be appearing in the series, along with the comic’s first openly gay character, Kevin Keller and the fictional rock band, Josie and the Pussycats. It was said that the production will also put a subversive spin on the series by exploring the surrealistic twists of Riverdale.
The series will be produced by Fox alongside studio-based Berlanti Productions, the same studio that has produced “Arrow” and “The Flash“. Berlanti is also curently working on CBS’s “Supergirl” TV series and NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura”. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who spent 3 seasons as a screenwriter for Fox’s “Glee” will be joining the series as the chief creative officer:
This is something we’ve been working on for awhile now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time.
Aguirre-Sacasa added, “The entire team working on ‘Riverdale’ is as passionate about Archie as Jon and I are, so it feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and the rest of the gang.”
“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater, “And we couldn’t be happier to partner with FOX, Warner Bros. and Greg Berlanti to bring our characters to television.”
He also said:
Greg and Roberto are experts when it comes to making great, compelling television and bringing beloved comic book creations to life on the screen. They’re the perfect team to welcome viewers to “Riverdale”.
Archie Comic was previously adapted into a TV movie with the title “Archie: to Riverdale and Back Again”. It was developed by NBC and the show featured Christopher Rich as a 30-something Archie Andrews.
Since the new TV series will offer a subversive take on the characters, what do you think “Riverdale” will look like? Is it going to offer a humourless TV series instead? Let us know in the comments box below!