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Archie Comics has partnered with Graphic India for the first-ever live-action Bollywood film based on the characters from the comic series.
The Bollywood film will “reimagine the classic characters like Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Moose and Jughead as Indians and will feature all the classic elements of the hugely popular comic book series,” the companies said.
Graphic India’s earlier projects include Stan Lee’s first Indian superhero, Chakra, which was given a multi-platform launch spanning comics and a television series in addition to a planned Bollywood film. The company’s financial backers include CA Media, the Asian investment arm of the Peter Chernin-led Chernin Group.
Financial terms of the Archie Bollywood project were not given while an official release date and further details such as casting are still to be announced.
“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.”
Graphic India CEO Sharad Devarajan added 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.”
In addition to the hit series Riverdale, Archie Comics recently announced the upcoming untitled Sabrina series with Netflix.
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Jon M. Chu