It's too painful to conceive a world without weekly episodes of Riverdale, right?
Well we hate to take your mind to such a dark, cruel place, but apparently there almost wasn't a Netflix series!
Instead, the comic book was going to be reimagined into a movie centering around Archie and, erm, time travel.
Riverdale's creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spilled the goss to Nerdist:
"Our first thought had been to do an Archie movie. We partnered with some producers and we had gone to see Perks of Being a Wallflower which I loved. So the pitch was a slice of life coming-of-age movie which we took around to many places and a lot of the studios really loved the pitch and our characters."
He adds: "A few weeks go by and the contracts are sorted out and we get a phone call that one of the vice presidents at Warner Bros., who had not been in the pitch would like to have a kick-off meeting. He was like, 'I want to get in on the ground floor.' We go to the kick-off meeting and he said, 'You know, I've been thinking about this and I think you guys need to do something a little more high-concept, a little bigger than just a coming-of-age show. I want you to think about time travel. Like Archie traveling through time.'"
Roberto continued, "[The vice president at Warner Bros.] said, 'It seems like you don’t like the time travel thing. I've got another thing: portals. Portals are huge. This is a portal to another dimension,'" Roberto went on to recall.
"And then this was the greatest one which I actually think is a funny idea: he was like, 'What if Louis C.K. is Archie?' We were like, 'We hear you … but we’re going to regroup.'"
And so we ended up with one of the greatest television series' to grace our screens.
Needless to say we won't be attempting to travel back in time to change that decision any time soon!