First HBO, now the funny pages: Lena Dunham is writing a four-part story for the Archie comic series.
According to Comic Book Resources, the Girls star/writer/creator was recruited by newly hired Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa after Dunham publicly expressed admiration for the comic series in a Q&A with J.J. Abrams and novelist Doug Dorst last November in New York City.
“We sent her a box of tons of Archie books,” Aguirre-Sacasa says. “She devoured them all, and maybe a week or two later came back with her pitch.” While the CCO is reluctant to share any plot specifics for the unnamed episode, he notes that the 2015 comic series will be “set in the Archie continuity” and is also “very contemporary.”
“It’s a classic Archie story,” he continues, “with a definitely unique, Lena spin.”
Aguirre-Sacasa – previously a staff writer for Glee and Big Love – was officially named CCO earlier today. It’s a logical choice, given his deep creative relationship with the Archie franchise, including his play Weird Comic Book Fantasy (which featured a gay version of beloved character Archie Andrews) and horror series Afterlife With Archie. In his new position, Aguirre-Sacasa will be “exploring the potential to take Archie’s Pals and Gals outside of comics and into different media.”