Development Begins on a New Archie Comics Series
As soon as it premiered in 2017, The CW knew they had a winner with Riverdale. While the final season of the popular series based on the Archie Comics’ universe is approaching, it appears that the network is keen to produce additional stories in this realm. According to Deadline’s exclusive report, Jake Chang, a character from Archie Comics, will be the focus of a new television series being developed by The CW.
Interestingly, Jake Chang has yet to make his comics debut, which adds a new dimension to the character. On July 26, he will make his Archie Comics debut in a story titled “Mystery of the Missing Mermaid,” which stars Betty and Veronica. Even though we have just seen teaser sketches for the character thus far, here’s how the series is described:
Jake Chang is an Asian-American–led mystery following a 16-year-old private investigator as he navigates the racially and socioeconomically diverse worlds of his ever-gentrifying home of Chinatown, and the elite private high school he attends. The show will blend soapy teen drama with the neon noir aesthetic, all while flipping nearly every Asian stereotype—honor, martial arts, destiny, lineage, parental sacrifice—on its head.
By the sounds of it, this person would be totally at home in the zany, dark world of Riverdale, where Sabrina the Teenage Witch practises her gothic witchcraft. Jake sounds like a cool expansion of the murder mystery, serial killer thriller, noir, and horror elements that have influenced Riverdale. However, Deadline is quick to point out that the series is being billed as a standalone project and there are no plans to introduce the character in the final season of Riverdale.
Scripting for the show will be handled by Ly, while Nguyen will be in charge of production. With four seasons of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina under their belts, they are both natural fits for the Archie universe. Dark comedy, frightening images, entertaining characters, and the traditional Archie charm were all there in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Thus, Jake Chang’s future seems bright. Ly and Nguyen, together with Archie Studios’ Jon Goldwater, will serve as executive producers for the project. Through 3AD, Daniel Dae Kim and John Cheng will also be working as executive producers on the show.
“We are so proud and honoured to be a part of this new wave of Asian-American content created by and starring Asian-Americans,” Ly and Nguyen said of the series. They went on to remark, “Jake Chang’s universe is enormous, fascinating, and plenty of fun. In the same vein as our shady adolescent detective, we plan to embrace the “F U” of the original “Fu Chang” intellectual property in order to present a fresh, original tale about Asian Americans. Fu Chang, a “American-educated international private detective” who resides in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1940s, is the subject of another Archie creation. There is no information on the relationship between the two characters, but as Deadline notes, it is likely related to family. We will have a better understanding of that after the character makes his comic book debut next month.
Archie Comics’s offshoot series have had mixed results. Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was a critical and economic success, but the show was cancelled after four seasons for unknown reasons. Katy Keene, their other CW series, was cancelled after a single season for the same reason. The brilliance behind the series suggests that Jake Chang can succeed despite the risk.