According to The Hollywood Reporter, Valiant Entertainment’s forthcoming “Archer & Armstrong” movie adaptation has signed on “Zombieland’s” Ruben Fleischer to direct and “Pirates of the Caribbean’s” Terry Rossio to write the feature. Jason Brown, “The Mummy’s” Sean Daniel and Valiant CEO and CCO Dinesh Shamdasani are set to produce the project.
The film is reportedly being developed “in-house,” before being shopped to studios. However, Valiant currently has a five-picture deal — separate from “Archer & Armstrong” — to adapt properties like “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot” for the big-screen.
Having first appeared in their own 1992 comic book series of the first name, “Archer & Armstrong” were created by industry veterans Jim Shooter (former Marvel Editor-in-Chief), Barry Windsor-Smith (“Uncanny X-Men”) and Bob Layton (“Invincible Iron Man”). The series follows the unlikely union of Armstrong, “an immortal warrior who has become a drunken self-styled philosopher throughout the centuries” and Archer, described in THR’s report as “a teenage prodigy who has been trained since childhood to murder him.”
In addition to directing “Zombieland,” Fleischer is known for his work helming the Aziz Ansari/Jesse Eisenberg-led comedy “30 Minutes Or Less.” Rossio is currently at work as part of the writers’ room on Legendary’s “MonsterVerse” series of films, crossing over the likes of Godzilla and King Kong.
In addition to “Archer & Armstrong,” Valiant is embracing its other popular buddy heroes in the form of a “Quantum & Woody” TV series, set to be executive produced by Anthony and Joe Russo of “Captain America: Civil War” fame. “Ant-Man & The Wasp’s” Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari are scripting the project.
Valiant’s “Archer & Armstrong” movie hasn’t been given a release date.