Before there was Shoshanna, Marnie, Jessa or Hannah, there was Betty and Veronica. Now, Lena Dunham is planning on giving the girls of Riverdale the Girls treatment.
Dunham, the creator, producer and star of the hit HBO show, is writing a four-part Archie comic, presumably focusing her gimlet eye on the dynamics between the girls of Riverdale, much like she did for the Girls of New York City. The project is due out in 2015.
“I was an avid Archie collector as a child,” Dunham said in a press release. “Conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity.”
The deal is part of a larger push by Archie Comics to update its image. The comic introduced its first gay character a few years ago, ran an “alternate reality” series where readers saw Archie’s future with both Veronica and Betty, and it currently runs a zombiefied horror series called “Afterlife with Archie.”
At the helm is former Glee writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has been brought on as Chief Creative Officer of the company. His first move as CCO? Hiring Dunham, after she expressed her love for the Archie characters during a Q&A last November.
“Everyone at Archie is thrilled Lena’s coming aboard to write this story, and I can tell you, it’s going to be fantastic,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “Lena’s take on the Archie gang is funny and real and contemporary. It’s a stunning fit, and I know fans will be excited to read it. I am!”
While the plot is currently being kept under wraps, Aguirre-Sacasa said, “It’s really, really funny. It’s incredibly contemporary. It’s a classic Archie story, with a definitely unique, Lena spin, and it’s going to be set in Archie continuity.”
No word on whether Betty will be sent to the hospital with a Q-tip injury.
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