Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

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Back when I was a humongous fan of Archie comics, there was an attempt to make the brand more hip, maybe even attract more male readers (I’m sure I was a real rarity in being a boy who preferred Riverdale to Gotham City). The publisher introduced a bunch of sci-fi-themed series like Jughead’s Time Police, Dilton’s Strange Science, Explorers of the Unknown and the future-set Archie 3000. They were more cheesy than cool and didn’t last very long. More than 20 years later, Archie has abandoned the Comics Code Authority (they were the last holdout) and are even doing stuff aimed at more mature readers, such as the popular, audience-expanding zombie-based book Afterlife of Archie. Now the New York Times reports that the princess of hipness, Lena Dunham, will be writing a four-issue Archie miniseries to release in 2015. Dunham is the latest in a not-so-new trend of comic book publishers bringing on movie and TV talent for creative assignments. It’s an interesting move in general, not that unlike the way TV has itself pilfered filmmakers to become a stronger, more talked-about medium (Dunham, having started Girls following the acclaim of her feature film Tiny Furniture, fits that drift, as well). But for the most part, with comic books it’s been superhero titles being written by people associated with superhero movies (or in the case of Bryan Singer’s announced but never produced work on X-Men comics, meant to be written) — even Kevin Smith, whose movies have involved more characters who read comics than derive from […]

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According to Deadline, there’s a live-action Archie movie on the way, based on the comic books involving the iconic redheaded high schooler and his pals. And unlike what you might be seeing at most movie sites, this is not going to be about a zombie apocalypse. It’s going to be a teen movie, maybe with some musical element and likely following a simple love triangle story. Maybe there’ll be one additional dramatic arc common to the long tradition of the world of Riverdale. But there is no way Warner Bros., which just closed the deal to develop this thing, would base the first major motion picture out of this 70-year-old property on a new horror-themed title that Archie Comics has out on the stands this year. The confusion stems from Deadline pointing out that the movie will be scripted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who wrote the upcoming remake of Carrie, co-produced TV’s Glee and also penned the recent cross-over comic series “Archie Meets Glee.” He’s also behind the new horror title “Afterlife With Archie,” and so there was a throwaway supposition that maybe the movie would be linked to that zombie-infested series. It’s a funny notion, yet Aguirre-Sacasa has more to him than that. Before officially working for Archie Comics he wrote and produced an unauthorized “Archie” play in which the main character came out as gay. He also previously worked at Marvel. Meanwhile, Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore is tapped to direct Archie. Does that mean the movie will be […]

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Carrie

Carrie was the very first piece of Stephen King‘s writing to see a film adaptation way back in 1976, and Brian De Palma’s film remains one of the high points in King’s cinematic canon. The story follows a teenage girl whose blossoming into womanhood opens up a powerful psychic power within her, and while her rigidly religious mother sees it as the work of the devil her cruel classmates don’t see it at all. Well, not until prom night anyway. King’s fiction has been adapted for the screen over a hundred times including feature films, shorts, direct to DVD efforts and sequels, and starting with 1997’s mini-series of The Shining his previously adapted works also started getting the remake treatment. Interestingly, all of them ended up as TV films/mini-series (including a 2002 redo of Carrie that aired on NBC). That distinction is set to change early next year though when Screen Gems/MGM will release a new feature version of King’s first novel. Director Kimberly Peirce returns to the big screen for only the second time since she burst onto the scene with 1995’s Boys Don’t Cry, and she’s joined by Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore to tell a story about bullying, teen angst and the untimely arrival of Aunt Flo. Check out the brand new teaser below.

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Little Shop of Horrors is a story about a man-eating plant that’s been around for quite a while. It started off as a silly Roger Corman movie from the early ’60s, but even before that, Corman’s work is thought to have been inspired by a John Collier story called “Green Thoughts” from the ’30s. What most of us probably think of as Little Shop of Horrors comes from the ’80s, however. In 1982 Alan Menken and Howard Ashmen wrote a stage musical based on Corman’s black comedy, and then in 1986 Frank Oz directed a film version of their musical. As strange and campy as it is, Oz’s version of Little Shop still has quite a few fans to this day, so would it be considered an atrocity for someone to remake it? Maybe not, because, according to THR, the someone who’s newly responsible for trying to get a remake of Little Shop together is none other than Internet darling Joseph Gordon-Levitt. That guy’s so cute and talented, we can’t be mad at him, can we?

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