Of course, a slice-of-life gag comic wouldn’t necessarily translate well into a film; but the producers have a plan to fix that: zombies. Based on the upcoming Archie spin-off series Afterlife with Archie, the story posits and alternate universe in which a zombie apocalypse descends on the anachronistic teens of Riverdale. The comic won’t debut until late 2013, but apparently the concept alone was strong enough to get the film into development.
Afterlife with Archie is being produced by Warner Bros., and will be directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect). Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee, Carrie), who is writing the comic series, will also be scripting the movie.
Aguirre-Sacasa describes the inspiration for the comic series:
“AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE combines two of my great passions: Archie comics and horror comics. This series came out of conversations with [Archie Comics CEO] Jon [Goldwater], asking questions like, ‘what if the Archie characters found themselves in a Stephen King novel like The Stand or a Sam Raimi movie like The Evil Dead?’ Could we pull that off, tonally? We’re really going for it. The first arc is called ‘Escape from Riverdale.’ The second arc is called, brace yourself, ‘Betty RIP.’ Of course, all the horror stuff will be balanced by elements that are quintessentially Archie.”