This month’s launch of “Riverdale” sees the Archie Comics adapted as a subersive teen noir – a “Twin Peaks”-esque dark mystery blended with teen angst. It’s trippy and looks promising.
While speaking at this weekend’s Winter TCA press tour, Archie Comics CCO Robert Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that he and “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore teamed up to first pitch a live-action Archie project as a more traditional coming-of-age teenage drama a few years back. At a meeting with Warner Bros. Television, one exec had wild alternate suggestions. He tells TV Guide:
“We go to the kickoff meeting and he said, ‘You know, I’ve been thinking about this and I think you guys need to something a little more high concept, a little bigger than a coming-of-age [story]. I said, ‘Yeah, great. We’re open to that.’ He goes, ‘I want you to think about time travel.’ I say, ‘What do you mean?’ ‘You know, Archie traveling through time.’ [He goes], ‘Portals are huge. This is a portal to another dimension.’ We’re just sitting there gobsmacked.”
He also says that the executive suggested that comedian and actor Louis C.K. could play an older Archie. The deal fell apart, but eventually we got the “Riverdale” we’ll be seeing on TV in a few weeks – no portals or Louis C.K. in sight.