Good news for Archie fans: Archie Comics, in conjunction with Graphic India, have announced a live-action Bollywood adaptation of the “Archie” comics series. Variety reports that Archie in Bollywood will include Archie Comics mainstays like Jughead, Reggie, Betty, Veronica, Moose, and of course, the all-American teenage star of the series, Archie Andrews.
According to 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.”
Graphic India CEO Sharad Devarajan praised the Archie cast of characters, noting that “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.”
The release date and full casting information for the Bollywood Archie film are yet to be revealed. Bollywood has ventured into the world of comic book properties on a few other occasions, including an unusual (and most definitely illegal) 1987 film which featured the DC Comics character Superman in a team up with Marvel Comics’ Spider-Woman.