What she’s done for Brooklyn, Lena Dunham plans to do for the fictional town of Riverdale.
Long an “Archie” comics obsessive who forced her mom to take her to geeky fan conventions in New York, Dunham will now be writing a four-part arc for the company, and she’s planning some major changes to the traditionally squeaky clean world.
See video: Lena Dunham Helps Sia With a Special Performance on ‘Late Night’
“I love ‘Archie’ but going back and reading it, I would say that the values system of the ‘Archies’ that I read as a child is slightly off from my own,” Dunham told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday. “It’s like, two really hot, intelligent women fighting over a redhead.”
Cue ginger outrage. But she does have some good ideas, nonetheless.
Also read: Conan O’Brien Pitches Archie Andrews Alternate Deaths: Meth OD, Martyrdom or Bathtub Slip
“So I think it could use a little bit of a feminist update,” Dunham said. “So I’m going to try to figure out a way to be true to the world of Riverdale, while also inserting some of my politics and beliefs and trying not to show breasts … The teaser I’ll give is that reality TV has come to Riverdale.”
Jughead as “The Bachelor,” perhaps?
Dunham’s arc is just one of many major changes that the Archie books have made in the last few years; other big steps have included bringing in gay characters and zombies, and even killing Archie himself.