In news sure to thrill all comic-book aficionados, Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that Valiant Entertainment is working to turn its popular comic-book series Archer & Armstrong into a movie. According to the site’s “very reliable source,” Valiant ordered a script, which has been completed and met with a great reception by the company’s execs. Now that a script is set, Archer & Armstrong will head into production soon.
The buddy adventure comic-book series, most recently by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry, “follows the offbeat adventures of Archer—a sheltered young man raised by a religious sect and possessing the ability to mimic any fighting style he sees, and his partner Armstrong—an immortal drunkard with a penchant for chaos, mayhem, and inebriated fisticuffs.” It was originally created by Jim Shooter, Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob Layton back in the early ’90s, and has developed a small but very loyal following of fans over the years.
AICN also reports that the Archer & Armstrong movie will find the pair taking on The One Percent, a bull and bear mask-wearing secret society tied to Wall Street, and will also feature the Eternal Warrior, Archer’s brother and the star of his own comic-book series. AICN looks at his involvement in the movie as a sign that Valiant Entertainment could be pushing for the creation of a cinematic universe à la Marvel. J. Michael Straczynski is already writing a Shadowman adaptation for Valiant, and Matthew Vaughn is set to direct a Bloodshot film, so Valiant looks to be well on its way to setting up such a universe.
I’ve never read Archer & Armstrong, but the comic-book series has been well-received through the Van Lente/Henry run and earned a notable following, so it should be interesting to see how Valiant proceeds with putting a film adaptation together. Due to my inexperience with the series, I’m not even going to take a stab at casting this thing, but of course, I’d love to hear what you readers have to say on the matter.
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Source: Ain't It Cool News