Archie Comics has cut a deal to bring its iconic teenage characters to Bollywood, a press release revealed today. Calling it an "an epic announcement that's sure to send shockwaves around the globe," Archie announced that they're partnering with Graphic India to make a movie based on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie, Moose, and the rest of the crew.
The press release calls the project "the first international comic to be translated for Indian screens," and notes that production is in early stages, with both Archie and Graphic India "taking initial steps toward a modern, entertaining screenplay that will surely resonate with longtime Archie fans in India and beyond." The characters will be reimagined "as Indians," and the movie will feature all the classic elements of the hugely popular comic book series.
"We are supremely excited to partner with the great team at Graphic India to bring Archie and his friends to Bollywood," said Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. "Archie's lasting and growing presence in India made this move the logical next step as our stellar library of characters continues to expand into other media. It's a major moment for Archie and its fans around the world."
"Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead have been a source of inspiration for numerous Bollywood films over the years, and now it's time to take them fully into Bollywood in an exciting new twist of a story that we have planned," said Sharad Devarajan, Co-Founder & CEO of Graphic India. "These characters have held a special place in the hearts of Indians for decades and we have no doubt that the new Indian cast of Archie and the gang will be an exciting moment for the country."
No release date yet, but we're sure we'll hear about it.