07 Mar 2018 1:08 PM +00:00 UTC

Archie Getting Bollywood-style Live-action Film

In recent years, the Archie brand has become more daring than it ever has in the past, mixing our beloved cast of characters with a number of unique genres. The current Archie title from Mark Waid has been a critical darling while Afterlife with Archie was one of the best horror comics in recent memory. The CW's Riverdale has also gained a huge fanbase, thanks to its mix of mystery and teen drama.

With all these unique takes in mind, it's still somewhat surprising to hear that a Bollywood-style Archie movie is in development.

According to Variety, the film is currently going by the name Archie in Bollywood, with Archie Comics presenting an official graphic for the project. The film will reimagine these classic comic book characters with Indian actors, though elements from the classic comics will be present.

Jon Goldwater, the CEO of Archie Comics, had this to say about the upcoming film:

"We are supremely excited to partner with the great team at Graphic India to bring Archie and his friends to Bollywood. 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."

Sharad Devarajan of Graphic India, the company who will be working on the film, shared his excitement for the project:

"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. 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 for Archie in Bollywood has been announced.

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