Until now, the closest we've seen to a horror twist on the ever-wholesome Archie Comics series (which has been around for over 70 years) was the storyline teaming up the teen hero and his pals Betty, Veronica and Jughead with the band KISS to combat a monster invasion. But this news blows that story off the map.
Per a report from Deadline.com, Warner Bros. has just sealed the deal for a live-action Archie movie, adapted by screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie), and with Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) signed to direct... but that's not the weird part here: apparently Aguirre-Sacasa has also been hired to write a new comic book series entitled Afterlife with Archie, which finds the squeaky-clean teens battling the living dead in suburban New York.
Back in March, Aguirre-Sacasa told Deadline that Afterlife, which evolved from conversations with Archie creator John L. Goldwater, “combines two of my great passions, Archie comics and horror comics.” The new series would address questions the writer had often asked himself, 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?"
I guess we're going to find out. The first story arc, titled Escape from Riverdale (referring to Archie's fictional hometown), it set to launch late this year, with the second allegedly spoiler-riffic title Betty RIP. More details to come...