Yes, you read that correctly. The original tone for Riverdale was very different, and it was going to be a movie.
“It just got crazy. There were, like, time portals. At one point one of my bosses said, ‘What about Louis C.K. for Archie?’”
I almost choked on my coffee. If Louis C.K. was in the mix to play Archie in a Riverdale movie, what on earth did this movie look like? It sounds as though it was almost a sci-fi indie in which the main character drones on about his dreary personal life and occasionally makes extremely crude jokes.
So what happened? Schecter said,
“I called [Archie comics chief creative officer] Roberto and said, ‘Don’t close the deal. Run away.’ Soon after I left [to run Berlanti Productions], one of the first calls was to Roberto to say, ‘Why don’t we do this as a TV show?’”
Thank you, Sarah Schecter. Thank you for making this call. Riverdale might have some questionable wild plotlines, but the Archie comic showrunners clearly knew it would work better as a teen television drama. Not to mention that Louis C.K. is a known sexual predator so they really dodged a bullet there.