Deadline reports that “Riverdale,” a drama series based on Archie Comics, has landed at FOX with “Arrow” and “The Flash” executive producer Greg Berlanti at the head. The show will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
According to a press release from Archie, the series will focus on “the eternal love triangle” of Archie Andrews, Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper and features the entire cast from the source material — including Reggie Mantle and Jughead Jones. Kevin Keller will also “play a pivotal role,” and there are already plans to introduce Josie and the Pussycats to the series. While the series will have the wholesome Riverdale fans have come to expect from the comics, there will also be “surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath” the town.
“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with FOX, Warner Bros. and Greg Berlanti to bring our characters to television,” Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater said via press release. “Greg and Roberto are experts when it comes to making great, compelling television and bringing beloved comic book creations to life on the screen. They’re the perfect team to welcome viewers to ‘Riverdale.'”
“This is something we’ve been working on for a while now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “The entire team working on ‘Riverdale’ is as passionate about Archie as Jon and I are, so it feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and the rest of the gang.”
The one-hour drama will be produced by Warner Bros. in conjunction with Berlanti Productions. Executive producers include Aguirre-Sacasa, Goldwater and Berlanti Production’s Sarah Schechter. The project currently has a script deal plus penalty at FOX — meaning that even if the show isn’t produced, a fee will still be paid by the network, making it extremely likely that the show will actually air.
For more on “Riverdale,” check out CBR’s in-depth interview with Archie CCO and “Riverdale” scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on the upcoming series.