Greg Berlanti’s got to be pretty busy with Arrow, The Flash, The Mysteries of Laura and all the shows he’s got in development including Supergirl, The Things They Left Behind and Blindspot, but he’s still got time for yet another one – a modern-day one-hour drama based on the Archie comics. It’s being reported that Fox just scooped up the project with a script deal plus penalty.
Hit the jump for more on Berlanti’s Archie TV series, which will be called Riverdale and put a surreal twist on the fictional town.
According to THR, Riverdale will highlight the Archie, Betty, Veronica love triangle, but also feature familiar supporting characters like Reggie Mantle, Jughead Jones and Kevin Keller as well as Josie and the Pussycats. During the course of the show, the main trio will “explore the surrealistic twists of small-town life, in addition to the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.” I haven’t read Archie since I was a kid at sleepaway camp, but I’m pretty sure the source material didn’t have a dark, surreal quality to it.
Archie Comics Chief Creative Office Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is on board to pen the script. Here’s what he had to say about the project:
“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. 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.”
Archie Comics publisher/co-CEO Jon Goldwater also added:
“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with Fox, Warner Bros. and Greg Berlanti to bring our characters to television. 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.”