I don’t often write about Archie comics and its characters, but this is a story that sparked my interest.
The publishers of Archie comics have teamed up with Graphic India, one of India’s
leading character entertainment companies, to develop a live action Bollywood film starring the characters from the popular comic book series. Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and others will be coming to the big screen, Bollywood-style.
Archie will be the first international comic to be translated for Indian screens. The film is currently in its early stages and Graphic India is working with the Archie comics company on a new screenplay that will re-imagine the popular characters including Reggie, Moose et al as Indians and feature all of the classic elements that have made the stories popular for decades.
“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.”
More on this story as it develops.