Entertainment11 November 2021
~The Indian Adaptation of the iconic comics will be produced by
Tiger Baby and Graphic India~
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Mumbai, 11 November, 2021: Archie Andrews and his friends travel across continents to have a rebirth in India!
Netflix, in collaboration with Archie comics, brings a coming-of-age story that will introduce the teenagers of Riverdale to a new generation in India.
The Archies, a feature film adaptation of the comics will be produced by Tiger Baby and Graphic India and will premiere exclusively on Netflix. A live action musical set in 1960’s India, the film will be directed by Zoya Akhtar.
Talking about this collaboration, director Zoya Akhtar said, “I am super excited to have the chance to bring The Archies to life. 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.”
“It's a huge source of pride that the Archie Comics characters and stories resonate with fans globally, and especially in India, for more than 50 years,” said Archie Comics CEO/Publisher Jon Goldwater. “We are thrilled to partner with Netflix and trust Zoya Akhtar and her creative team to deliver a truly unique and exciting take on Archie and friends through the lens of Indian cinema. We know that these characters have global appeal and translating them into other settings and cultures is just the start of what we have planned for future multimedia adaptations.”
Pratiksha Rao, Director, Films and Licensing, Netflix India, added, “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.”
Tiger Baby/Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti
Graphic India/Sharad Devarajan
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About Archie Comics:
Archie Comics is the leading mass market comic book publisher in the world and the home to a wide array of the most popular humor, action-adventure and superhero characters in entertainment, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Reggie, Kevin Keller, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Afterlife With Archie, the Dark Circle Comics superhero characters (The Black Hood, The Fox, The Shield, Sam Hill and more), Li’l Jinx and many more. Archie Comics have sold over 2 billion comics worldwide and are published around the world in a number of languages. In addition to comics, the Archie Comics characters are spotlighted weekly on The CW’s Riverdale and Katy Keene TV series and the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and have been featured in animation,
television, film and music. Follow Archie Comics on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and the Archie Comics Store.
About Tiger Baby:
Helmed by filmmakers Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, Tiger Baby is a film and web studio that aims to tell stories that can shape social narratives and inspire viewers to a new reality.
Tiger Baby believes that stories have the power to shift consciousness while they entertain.
With the goal of impactful engaging storytelling guiding the studio’s vision and acclaimed projects like Gully Boy, Made in Heaven, Lust Stories and Ghost Stories already in its kitty, Tiger Baby has emerged into a leading launch platform for a diverse pool of artists who have something fresh to say.
About Graphic India:
GRAPHIC INDIA is a leading character entertainment company focused on creating superheroes, comics and stories through mobile and digital platforms. Led by media entrepreneur Sharad Devarajan, Graphic has produced over 200 episodes of animation and developed over a dozen live action film and TV projects across Hollywood, and Bollywood. The Company’s characters and animated shows include, “The Legend of Hanuman” which became the number one most watched streaming show in India upon launch; "Chakra The Invincible" created with Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man and Avengers); “Astra Force,” an award winning animated series created with iconic actor, Amitabh Bachchan; and “Baahubali The Lost Legends” a 70-episode animated series, created with Arka Mediaworks and based the most successful film franchise in Indian history. Graphic believes that India is home to some of the most creative talent in the world, with more than 600 million people under the age of 25 and more than 850 million mobile phone users in the country. The Company’s mission is to create new enduring stories and heroes that connect global audiences and ideas through the power of story. www.GraphicIndia.com