Greg Berlanti Plans Subversive Spin on Archie Comics’ ‘Riverdale’ for Fox

Greg Berlanti may well be dubbed the king of comics, with new drama “Riverdale,” based on the indelible characters of the Archie Comics franchise, set at Fox with a script deal plus penalty.

Warner Bros. TV is producing along with Berlanti Prods. Script is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, chief creative officer of Archie Comics. Aguirre-Sacasa will exec produce with Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater.

Set in the present, the series will offer a subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of life in the fictional Riverdale, albeit with a requisite twist of “darkness and weirdness” lurking beneath the town’s wholesome facade.

Other characters to join the television adaptation include Archie’s rival Reggie Mantle, best friend Jughead Jones and Kevin Keller, the gay character recently introduced into the comic series that stretches back to the 1940s. The girl pop group Josie and the Pussycats, pop culture favorites who had their own Saturday morning cartoon series in the early 1970s, are also expected to make an appearance, should the project go all the way to pilot.

Berlanti’s WBTV-based shingle is also shepherding a new spin on “Supergirl” for CBS, and it produces CW’s hot DC Comics vehicles  “The Flash” and “Arrow.”

The “Riverdale” project was first reported by Deadline.

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