Greg Berlanti’s been on quite the hot streak lately with “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and the soon-to-be “Supergirl,” but apparently that’s not enough for him. The writer/producer has now set his sights on a ginger-haired teen involved in a decades-long love triangle with the girl next door and the richest b-i-t-c-h in town.
Written by Archie Comics CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, “Riverdale” will take place in the present and will offer “a bold, subversive take…exploring the surreality of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath the town’s wholesome façade” with “Riverdale,” a TV series based on the classic Archie comics characters. Deadline reports that Berlanti has landed a script deal plus penalty over at Fox with Warner Bros. TV and his production company, Berlanti Productions.
The series will cover the aforementioned and never-ending battle between Betty and Veronica for Archie’s heart and fans of the comic book will recognize some familiar faces like Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle, and Moose Mason (and hopefully Big Ethel and Dilton Doiley), as well as include new characters like the openly gay Kevin Keller. And just like in the comic books, Josie and The Pussycats will also be playing in Riverdale at some point.
Berlanti and Aguirre-Sacasa have a lot of experience with small-town dramas revolving around a young adult cast, as Berlanti has “Dawson’s Creek” and “Jack & Bobby” under his belt while Aguirre-Sacasa (who once worked for Marvel Comics) has “Glee” and the new HBO hit “Looking” under his. Aguirre-Sacasa also wrote the remakes for Carrie, The Town That Dreaded Sundown and wrote the soon-to-hit-Broadway musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho.
Here’s hoping they bring in other randoms like Cricket O’Dell (above), whose love of money is so vast, she can tell you how much money you have on you just by smell alone. I’m also hoping they go above and beyond with the casting of Pop Tate instead of making him just some throwaway character; he may not be the MOST important, but as the Chok’lit Shoppe IS the kids’ main hangout, I’m hoping they’ll cast Dennis Haskins a.k.a. Mr Belding from “Saved By The Bell” (below). Or if they include the parents (Archie’s mom and dad usually show up in a couple stories in the comic), Haskins could make for a good Fred Andrews…
…or even (I’m just gonna put it out there) good ol’ Mr. Weatherbee (seen here with Jughead Jones), Riverdale High’s principal.
I have to admit that as a longtime Archie reader, I’m a little leery of the whole “drama” thing when Archie’s usually been all about hijinks with bits of drama scattered here and there, usually revolving around Jughead Jones and his lady loves Debbie and Joani…but I’ll go into this with an open mind.
I hope it’s more on the comedy-drama scale since another Archie Comics spinoff, Melissa Joan Hart’s “Sabrina The Teenage Witch,” did pretty well for a few seasons…before she went to college, that is.
When I hear more, you’ll hear more! Until then, I want to know YOUR thoughts!
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