The Pussycats might be on the move.
The CW’s “Riverdale” hasn’t even finished its first season, but breakout star Ashleigh Murray already has her eye on a bright and leopard-spotted future for Josie and her bandmates, Melody and Val.
The homegrown rock band is pretty much the equivalent of Destiny’s Child in the “Archie” universe (even teen redheads solving mysteries go to concerts sometimes, OK?) and are clearly destined for bigger and better things than the Riverdale High football halftime show. For the record, they slayed that one, too.
“I would absolutely do a spinoff,” Murray told The Huffington Post during a recent Build Series interview. “I want to bring Josie to New York. I want her to have her first big city experience.”
Although “Riverdale” ditches everything that might be familiar to older generations of Archie readers for CW “regulation hotties” and major “Twin Peaks” vibes, a “Josie and the Pussycats” spinoff would actually stay true to the comic-book origins.
Josie made her first appearance in 1962 with Archie’s Pals ‘n’ Gals alongside Melody and Pepper, who was later replaced by Val. The girl group received their own cover seven years later and were a mainstay on comic-book store shelves until 1982.
An animated series following the group’s misadventures also aired 16 episodes in the early 1970s and was later reconceptualized as “Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space.” Yes, space.
“There have been discussions and wishful thinking,” Murray added about the potential of a spinoff. “I’ve been quoted saying that I didn’t want to, but it was solely because I didn’t want to live without the [cast]. They’re my family now. We talk all the time. I love them. To start this journey and then be pulled into another place, I know that’s what happens, but I don’t want to not be in school with Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. But I’ll do it.”
Watch Murray’s full Build Series interview below.
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