Archie Movie Confirmed on Hold
ICv2 ran an interview with Jon Goldwater, Publisher and Co-CEO of Archie Comics, yesterday. As one would expect, it’s mostly generic puffery: Archie’s “still the #1 mass market comic book in the world”. Archie’s decades of history make it a well-known property. People are looking for quality entertainment. Archie’s broad-based, suitable for everyone.
I found Goldwater’s mantra, “Archie is open for business”, interesting. He uses it to mean that he’ll consider new artists, new talent, new styles, and new approaches, if it “makes sense for Archie”, but considering “anything that makes sense for the company and for the brand” runs the risk of losing focus.
Case in point, the Archie movie announced last year is on hold, so they can look into an Afterlife With Archie movie instead. There’s also “a lot of discussion around Josie and Katy Keene”, which could be fun. Goldwater also elaborates a bit on what the new Chief Creative Officer announcement means.
In terms of the books, the new push is the upcoming Red Circle superhero comics, which I’m disappointed to hear. So many other people do those kinds of hero books, I’d rather see Archie expand more in their core areas of romance and teen comedy.