In news that no one expected Archie Comics and Graphic India are coming together to produce a live action Bollywood film based on the characters from the comics.
The film will reimagine the classic characters like Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Moose and Jughead with an Indian cast and will feature all the elements of the comic book series. Planning has already begun with a release date set to be announced in the near future.
“We are supremely excited to partner with the great team at Graphic India to bring Archie and his friends to Bollywood,” said Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. “Archie’s lasting and growing presence in India made this move the logical next step as our stellar library of characters continues to expand into other media. It’s a major moment for Archie and its fans around the world.”
The development of this project seems due in no small part to the runaway success of CW’s Riverdale a darker take on Archie and his friends set around a murder mystery. The show itself proved such a success for Netflix which distributes it outside of the US that they bought up the worldwide rights and two seasons of a show based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.