Indian filmmaker Zoya Akhtar finally has her dream come true – helming her own Indian version of the Archie Comics movie adaptation for Netflix.
The director, known for movies like, “Bombay Talkies”, “Gully Boy”, and “Ghost Stories”, will be bringing Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica and the gang to life as a musical coming-of-age film set in 1960s India.
“I am super excited to have the chance to bring ‘The Archies’ to life,” said Zoya. “It was a large part of my childhood and teenage years. The characters are iconic and globally loved, which is also why I am a little nervous. I have to make sure the film stokes the nostalgia of a generation that grew up on the comic and yet resonates with the young adults today.”
Pratiksha Rao, director, films and licensing, Netflix India, said, “The characters, adventures and friendships in Archies have found fans across the world for generations. With Archie Comics, Graphic India and Tiger Baby, we have an extraordinary opportunity to recreate the world of Archie comics, this time as a live action musical. Zoya has an incredible and unique ability to make stories and the characters in them relatable, making them feel like they are an extension of our own self. We are thrilled to partner with her in bringing to life the world of Archies to fans and our members in India and around the world.”
It is noted that Archie Comics have sold over 2 billion copies worldwide and are published in over 17 languages in over 55 countries.