Comic book musical adaptations are hardly a new idea. We’ve seen on-stage adaptations of Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man. Though the web-slinger’s turn on the boards may have landed more people in the hospital than the Green Goblin’s last spree, that doesn’t mean that producers have turned away from comics as a source of inspiration. Enter Archie: The Musical.
Archie Comics announced today that it had entered into a partnership with Adam McKay and online humor site Funny Or Die to produce a musical based on the misadventures of Archie Andrews and the rest of the gang from Riverdale. McKay, the man behind such Will Ferrell gems as Anchorman and Talladega Nights, is slated to write the book for the show. Funny Or Die, a venture launched by Ferrell, will serve as a promotional partner, according to the press release from Archie.
No production schedule or full creative team have been set, but the partnership does intend to launch the production in. New York.
Can Archie succeed where Spider-Man failed? At the very least, there should be fewer body casts.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
ADAM MCKAY AND FUNNY OR DIE JOIN ARCHIE COMICS TO CREATE A NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL BASED ON THE CHARACTERS OF THE BELOVED COMIC SERIES ARCHIE.
Writer/Director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights, You’re Welcome America) and Funny Or Die have joined forces with Archie Comics, one of the most popular comics ever produced, to bring Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the Riverdale gang to Broadway in an all-new musical. McKay is slated to bring his singular brand of comedy to the musical, writing the book for the show, with a creative team and timing for a New York run to be announced at a later date.
Funny Or Die will serve as a presenting partner. CEO Jon Goldwater and CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will oversee for Archie Comics. The partnership was packaged by Triptyk Studios (An American in Paris, You’re Welcome America, Xanadu) who will reteam with their You’re Welcome America partners for the endeavor. Tara Smith, B. Swibel and Adam Westbrook will oversee development for the company and present on Broadway.
Adam McKay said, “Archie represents a bygone era of America. And like all bygone eras, there are elements we miss and elements that should be bygone. This will be a musical that deals with both those realities in a bright, colorful and slightly demented way.”
Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics CEO/Publisher, said, “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Adam McKay and Funny Or Die to finally bring Archie to the stage. We’ve always thought that Archie was destined to be a big Broadway star – and now that moment has come! I’ve long admired Adam’s work and the pairing of Archie’s world with his brilliant humor and sensibility is the perfect fit. We look forward to developing this project together with this incredible team.”
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