Since it burst onto the scene in 2009, FX’s Archer has been a fan favorite. Lampooning every espionage story out there – but particularly the iconic James Bond franchise – it’s been raunchy, referential, and infinitely quotable.
With the seventh season wrapping up on a cliffhanger, there’s yet to be official confirmation of a renewal for an eighth. But have no fear, because even if FX does give it the axe (unlikely, but possible), there’s always the potential for a movie.
Exec producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis have expressed their own hopes for a film – a live-action film, no less. And there’s only one man in their books who can play the titular spy: Jon Hamm.
The erstwhile Don Draper certainly looks the part. We already know he can rock the suit, the martinis, the guns, and the femme fatale armcandy. Who better to play an American Bond than Mr. Hamm?
But a large part of what makes Sterling Archer, agent of ISIS, so damn amazing (and hysterical) is H. Jon Benjamin’s stellar voice work.
The veteran voice actor has done schlubs both likable (Bob of Bob’s Burgers) and unlikable (Coach McGuirk of Home Movies), and even voiced a can of mixed vegetables (in instant cult classic Wet Hot American Summer), but to most he’s always going to be the sometimes-suave, always-asshole-ish spy.
No problem, says Thompson: “Maybe you could do it with Jon Benjamin’s voice coming out of him?”
There’s an idea. It would be a helluva cognitive dissonance to work around at first – seeing Draper but hearing Benjamin – but it sure would be an amusing gimmick to play with. Plus, we’d get the best of both worlds.
Of course, all of this remains speculation. Thompson also added, “I don’t think there will be a movie before the last episode of Archer airs on TV.” So until FX officially gives it the boot, or the team decides the characters have reached the end of the television road, a live-action Archer remains merely a dream.
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Source: The Mary Sue