Very strange and intriguing news this week as a dramatic series based off of the Archie Comics called Riverdale was picked up by Fox. It is being produced by Greg Berlanti who has been working on Arrow, The Flash and the new Supergirl show for The CW network, the show will be written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who recently became Archie Comics’ Chief Creative Officer after the success of his Afterlife with Archie and subsequent Sabrina series.
This show has a script deal plus penalty with Fox, meaning that if the show is not picked up, the network will still have to pay a fee. This makes seeing this come to fruition very likely, while not 100% guaranteed.
Aguirre-Sacasa has said in an interview that this show will be dark and mysterious, likening it to “Archie meets Twin Peaks”. He said that much like Gotham, this show will serve as an origin story for the gang of Riverdale. He says we will get to see “All those things that we take for granted in the comic books, and that have been around for 75 years, we’re going to learn the secret origins.”, things like Betty and Veronica meeting for the first time, why Jughead wears his famous crown, why Archie formed a band and why he wrote “Sugar, Sugar” and ultimately how this group of seemingly unrelated characters came to be the best of friends. This show, much like the Afterlife comics, will also feature characters from the other Archie properties such as Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Blossoms and the whole ensemble of adult characters, while still centering around the main love triangle and main gang of the series, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie.
As a final little tease Aguirre-Sacasa mentioned that for the Halloween episodes, we will get a little taste of the Afterlife with Archie comics, which feature Riverdale overthrown by zombies after Archie enlists Sabrina to bring Hotdog back to life.
So far this show sounds very interesting, I definitely plan on looking into it when it comes out. What about you? Let us know in the comments!