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Archie and the gang off to the movieplex

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NEW YORK -- Archie's old Riverdale gang is headed to the big screen.

Archie Comics announced that Warner Bros. will produce a live-action film based on the comic's characters, including Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead. It will be the first feature film for the 72-year-old comic.

Directing will be Jason Moore, who helmed the 2012 high school musical comedy Pitch Perfect. Glee writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is penning the script.

Aguirre-Sacasa said the present-day film will be "a quintessential teen movie."

"The idea for this is to capture a very truthful, authentic coming-of-age story with these kids that includes heartache, that includes pain, that will obviously temper the fun and the hijinks," said Aguirre-Sacasa. "It's going to be a fun -- hopefully -- summer movie, but we're not shying away from the truth and the awkwardness and the growing pains of being a teenager."

The Archie Comics, founded by John L. Goldwater, were always a quaint, sunny picture of small town teen life. So updating the characters for today's young moviegoers could pose challenges for the filmmakers.

"There are parts of the story that I think people will be surprised how dark and real it gets," says Aguirre-Sacasa.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 8, 2013 G2

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