If we were to make a pop culture mood board for the average teens in the 90s, the Archie Comics would be surely a part of that layout. The classic Americana became a phenomenon with the very first appearance of Archie Andrews in the 1940s and went on to only grow bigger with time. And even though the iconic series might have ended back in 2015, the legacy of the comic has lived on. The immense popularity of Riverdale is proof enough. Well, just in case you happen to be a Riverdale and Archie fan, we have a major update that will have you jumping in excitement! Just earlier today, Netflix India made our day by finally announcing the much anticipated Indian adaptation of the Archie Comics. “Get your milkshakes ready 🥤 because Archie and the gang are about to get down and desi in “The Archies”,” their Instagram post read.
All this while rumours have been doing rounds that Zoya Akhtar would be the one handling this project and Netflix has made it official today. She would be helming this coming-of-age musical drama with an ensemble cast that might include some pretty interesting names. It is being said that this would be the debut project of Khushi Kapoor, Suhana Khan, and Agastya Nanda. Zoya would be joining hands with Reema Kagti for the project yet again and the power-packed duo as well as the cast have us super excited for the Indian adaptation of Archie.
Zoya is elated to bring The Archies to India and has commented on how it would be akin to sharing a part of her childhood with the audience. “It was a large part of my childhood and teenage years. The characters are iconic and globally loved, which is also why I am a little nervous. I have to make sure the film stokes the nostalgia of a generation that grew up on the comic and yet resonates with the young adults today,” she shared in a media interaction earlier today.
Archie Comics CEO and publisher, Jon Goldwater looks forward to the magic that Zoya will infuse in the American classic and is positive that she will ‘deliver a truly unique and exciting take on Archie and friends through the lens of Indian cinema’. “We know that these characters have global appeal and translating them into other settings and cultures is just the start of what we have planned for future multimedia adaptations,” he says.
As for us? We say a “hell yes” to an Archie film made by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti featuring Khushi, Suhana, and Agastya. Seriously, what’s not to like? Here’s hoping that it goes live on Netflix soon.
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