NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock has released its official list of upcoming titles for January 2022, including Peacock’s debut of Josie and the Pussycats. The Archie Comics adaptation, which stars Rachael Leigh Cook as Rosario Dawson Tara Reid, was a box office disappointment when it was first released in 2001, but has since become a cult classic. It finally got a Blu-ray release for the first time in November, celebrating the film’s 20th anniversary in glorious 1080p. Now the movie, which was on HBO Max until recently, will be a Peacock exclusive at least for a while.
Josie and the Pussycats, based on Archie Comics characters created by legendary Dan DeCarlo, was released in April 2001 from directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, whose other projects include coming-of-age comedy I can not wait and wacky comedies Marie + Jeanne and Lisa on demand. The film was a biting satire of turn-of-the-century consumer culture and the music industry, shrouded in glitter and glamor that was meant to make it more palatable to audiences, but instead it apparently put off many critics, who associated it with other “silly” films of the day like World of spices and Ugly coyote.
The boy group featured in the film – DuJour, played by Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Donald Faison and Alexander Martin – even made an appearance on robot chicken this year, just weeks after the wave of 20th anniversary activity, the film made headlines.
Matthew Libatique, who has worked with superstar director Darren Aranofsky for Pi and who has since been the director of photography on films like Iron Man and Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of a Harley Quinn. The latter, with its bright colors and strong soundtrack, perhaps owes some of its DNA to Josie, although Libatique has said it tries to approach every new project without looking back.
outraged Josie and the Pussycats, Peacock’s announcement reveals that The Flintstones at Viva Rock Vegas, a film on which Kaplan and Elfont received writing credit after refining the screenplay, is also coming to Peacock tomorrow. Other highlights of the month include The Matrix Reloaded, Matrix revolutions, Lost in translation, and Scott Pilgrim vs the world.