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Bollywood to spin film styled on Archie Comics

IANS  |  Mumbai 

will get a live-action film based on internationally popular characters from

Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead -- beloved by millions for generations -- will be reimagined with an all-Indian cast, read a statement from character entertainment company

It has announced plans to develop a "live-action, theatrical film based on the iconic characters, bringing and his friends to life, Bollywood-style".

"We are supremely excited to partner with the great team at to bring and his friends to Bollywood," said

"Archie's lasting and growing presence in made this move the logical next step as our stellar library of characters continues to expand into other media. It's a major moment for and its fans around the world," Goldwater added.

The production, which will be the first international comic to be translated for Indian screens, is in the early stages with an official release date to be announced.

The companies have begun taking initial steps toward a modern, entertaining screenplay that will surely resonate with longtime fans in and beyond.

Sharad Devarajan, Co-Founder and CEO, Graphic India, said: "Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead have been a source of inspiration for numerous films over the years, and now it's time to take them fully into in an exciting new twist of a story that we have planned.

"These characters have held a special place in the hearts of Indians for decades and we have no doubt that the new Indian cast of and the gang will be an exciting moment for the country."

is enjoying success with the hit TV series "Riverdale", which launched in 2017. The company also recently announced with the upcoming yet untitled Sabrina series.

have sold over 2 billion copies worldwide and are published in over 17 languages in over 55 countries.



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 09:10 IST