Archie Comics owner John Goldwater visits Film Bazaar at IFFI 2023; reveals why he chose India to make a film on his comics

As Zoya Akhtar’s The Archies premieres at IFFI 2023, the owner of Archie Comics John Goldwater is at the festival too. It’s his first visit to India and at the event, he said, “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the National Film Development Corporation, and the organisers of the International Film Festival of India for giving me the opportunity to personally welcoming my company Archie Comics to India and also speak to the young people who will shape the future of the global Indian content industry.”
The publisher is thrilled to be in Goa where he feels creative vibes everywhere.”I want to congratulate the 75 minds of tomorrow for being selected from all over the country and for embarking on this journey to tap into their creative potential and unleashing their massive wonderful talent. I am always amazed to see how much talent there is in India. Be that filmmaking, directing, acting, singing, songwriting, cinematography, all of it, everything that it takes to be part of the movie business. India’s diversity is part of its creativity and it inspires me to see how young Indians are able to take a deep dive into the melting pot of cultural languages, dance, folk songs, and tales that we use to tell stories to move and motivate millions of people,” he said.
John said it is for this reason that he chose India as the ideal destination for making the first feature film of Archie Comics ever. The film taps into India’s exceptional creative talent and lends the otherwise American-based Archie Comics by infusing it with wholesome amounts of Indian spice to make it enjoyable to audiences worldwide while experiencing a new location and, different community, but the same themes that continue to stay relatable to everybody fifty years on.
“It gives me immense pleasure to be here today addressing the 75 young people who are as passionate about the film business as I am. When I took over Archie Comics in 2009, I was exactly where you guys are today. Someone who wanted to bring a change by telling life stories from everywhere, continue creating pop-culture moments with iconic characters from diverse generations and make the relatable no matter what the era and I believe that I have done so. I took the idea and the characters and turned them a little bit on their heads. Coming up with experimental shows like Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It is part of that very endeavour that I am in India today unveiling The Archies film made in India by Indians for the entire the world to enjoy.”

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