Archie Comics’ new series ‘Jake Chang’ in development

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Ewen Roberts via Wikimedia Creative Commons
Ewen Roberts via Wikimedia Creative Commons

An Asian American drama may be coming to the CW soon, following the end of “Riverdale.” “Jake Chang,” a thriller teen drama set in the world of Archie Comics, is in the works.

Deadline reports “Jake Chang” is in development at CW and will come from Oanh Ly, Viet Nguyen and Daniel Dae Kim.

The show follows Jake Chang, a 16-year-old private investigator who navigates the diverse worlds of his ever-gentrifying home in Chinatown, and the elite private high school he attends. There are mysteries that will need to get solved in these two vastly different worlds.

Ly and Nguyen previously worked on “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and will lead the project. Ly will be the writer and Nguyen as the writer-director.

Kim is set to develop with his team from 3AD; Archie Studios; and Warner Bros Television.

Deadline said that Jake Chang is a brand new character and was just trademarked after the paperwork was filed in February. He will make his comic debut in “Mystery of the Missing Mermaid,” Betty and Veronica story, on July 27.

There are no plans to introduce the character in “Riverdale” as the show airs its final season. “Jake Chang” will be developed as a standalone TV series.

“We are so proud and honored to be a part of this new wave of Asian-American content created by and starring Asian-Americans,” Ly and Nguyen said to Deadline. “The world of Jake Chang is vast, compelling, and a whole lot of fun. And just like our rascally teen detective, we’re going to lean into the ‘F U’ of the original ‘Fu Chang’ IP and delightfully destroy all familiar tropes and tell a unique Asian-American story.”

Fu Chang is from the Archie Comics and is a detective living in the Chinatown district of San Francisco during the 1940s. Deadline notes that it is unclear how Fu and Jake are related, but there is a possibility they are.

“Jake Chang” will bring representation to Asian American communities and even fight off stereotypes.

No casting announcements have been made.

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