UPDATE: Archie and the Gang are Headed for the Big Screen (Probably Without Zombies)



Update: (3:45 pm EST)

Oops! So, we’re not entirely sure that this Archie movie is directly based on Afterlife with Archie or if it even involves zombies at all. We may have been quick to report on Deadline’s assumption. The Archie movie is the real deal, but don’t line up any headshots just yet; everyone in Riverdale will likely still have pulses.

Here’s how Archie Comics describes the film in their official press release:

a “high school comedy based on the original line of Archie Comics set in present day Riverdale”.

Original post:

Deadline reports that the upcoming Riverdale horror series Afterlife with Archie might be headed to the big screen, courtesy of Warner Bros.

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Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie, Glee) will write the ongoing series as well as the screenplay. Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is set to direct. We’re not sure how closely the movie with follow the events of the series, but expect Riverdale’s thirst to shift from malted milkshakes to human flesh.

Here’s how we described the comic upon its announcement back in March:

In a Burtonesque attempt to revive his beloved pooch Hotdog from a random act of vehicular houndicide, Jughead enlists the help of local sorceress Sabrina. Though Hotdog is back and kicking, he bites the hand that feeds him, setting off a chain reaction that sends all of Riverdale shambling.

Archie and the gang have previously appeared multiple times in animated form as well as in live action TV specials in the 70s and 90s, but this is their first live action feature film. Here’s hoping it’s as fun and delightfully irreverent as 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats!

I feel like you could probably cast most of this project with Glee stars and Michael Shannon. For the record, I’m pretty tickled by this announcement.



  1. How delightfully bizarre!

  2. This is the best thing. You guys. Come on. I really hope that this happens.

  3. JML (@twitter.com/JoshMLabelle) says:

    I’m shocked there have been so few attempts at Archie movies up ’til now. Of course, the only one I’ve seen was Return to Riverdale and it was unbelievably mind-blowingly bad.

  4. Isn’t the whole Afterlife With Archie the brain child of Francavilla from the variant cover he did? If so I think he should get some sort if acknowledgement for that. Has their ever been a movie credit that says “Based of the Cover”?

  5. “Archie is NOT fucking Mr. Weatherbee!”

  6. Can’t wait!!

    Have they announced when the “Afterlife with Archie” series is actually coming out yet? I know they said Late 2013 initially, so I’m going to assume October to coincide with Halloween.

  7. I’m going to be picking up this series for sure. It will be my first Archie purchase since I was a kid.

  8. Avatar photo Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    Ah. This makes much more sense now. Sounds good to me.

    • I’d agree with you, if only if it were not set in the present day. Although, I do LOVE the Josie and the Pussycats film, I feel like The Archies should be a period film (late 50’s – early 60’s).

    • I couldn’t disagree more. The brilliance of the Riverdale kids is the fact that they’re a perfectly balanced set of archetypes. They’ve proven time and again that they can be placed in any scenario and really shine. I don’t think that the time period matters. Those characters will drive any story if they’re written in a truthful way.

  9. I am kind of worried about a straight Archie movie. While I actually quite like Archie and read them as a kid, I feel people today are far too jaded to support anything as wholesome as an Archie movie.

  10. Thanks for the heads-up on this project Paul, but because I’m not on Facebook or Twitter, and I can’t find a way to ask you this question on the FT website, I’ll ask you here.

    How deep into the Rocky movies are you going? Up to V? I ask because I’m lining them up for “screening.” Just asking.

    With love and respect.


    • Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      (In the future you can email me directly at Paul at symbol iFanboy dot com.)

      As we alluded on the show, we’ll be doing all of the films, including Rocky Balboa.