Archer Producers Want Jon Hamm for Live-Action Movie

The honchos behind the hilarious FX animated spy series have their hopes set on none other than Don Draper for a live-action movie—*IF it ever happens, that is. “>

Archer ended its seventh season on Thursday night with one helluva cliffhanger.

And while FXs dearly beloved animated spy extravaganza hasnt yet been renewed by its comedy giant of a network for an eighth go-around (fingers crossed), there is always constant chatter surrounding the potential of a full-length feature film based on the show.

When I posed the question to the series executive producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis just prior to the Season 7 finale airing, they said that the final decision will, of course, come down to creator Adam Reed, whos hand a hand in penning every single episode of Archer.

Its all up to whatever Adam [Reed] wants to do, but he and I have definitely talked about it, Thompson tells The Daily Beast. I think we talk about it once every two years. We vacillate between if you do it, why are you doing the TV show? And should it be live-action, or should it be cartoon? The talk is there, we just still havent decided. I dont think there will be a movie before the last episode of Archer airs on TV. I dont think well make a movie before the series finishes.

As far as casting Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) in a potential live-action Archer film, well, the team has only one actor in mind.

Its Jon Hamm, says Thompson, firmly. If Archer goes live-action, I do believe it will be Jon Hamm. Maybe you could do it with Jon Benjamins voice coming out of him? I dont know. Adam is always like, I dont know if I want the movie to be live-action because I want it to be Jon Benjamin! But if it is live-actionand if it is not Jon Benjaminit is our greatest hope that it would be Jon Hamm. I can say that with confidence.

As fans of the show will know, Hamm guest-starred as Captain Hank Murphy, who takes over Cheryls brother Cecils underwater laboratory armed with missiles of VX nerve gasonly to be crushed by an off-brand soda machine. His cameo came in the two-part fourth season finale Sea Tunt, a parody of the 70s animated series Sealab 2020.

When I asked Reed back in 2014 about casting Archerwho was modeled after real-life ex-model Jason Fitzgeraldin a potential live-action film, well, his mind went to Jon Hamm, too. Heck, theres even a Tumblr called Sterling Archer Draper Pryce that mashes up Draper scenes with Archer quotes.

Were working on a way to create an H. Jon Hamm Benjamin hybrid, he told me, while also expanding a bit on how much Archer was influenced by the look of Mad Men. The production and costume design obviously owe a great deal toMad Mens repopularizing the 1960s aesthetic, and Archers character model is just lucky enough to be that handsome in real life. Which is probably why hes a model, now that I think about it.

While Archer does seem ripe for a feature, with its insane mix of dark humor, gory violence, and stunning locales, Thompson says he learned a valuable lesson from his old pal David Willis, the creator of the Adult Swim animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force (who also voices the former ODIN agent turned vengeance-seeking cyborg Barry on Archer).

My friend David Willis, while Aqua Teen Hunger Force was still on the airand at the height of its popularitymade Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Movie, and he believes that that negatively impacted the viewing of Aqua Teen Hunger Force the TV show. Thats influenced our decision-making a great deal.

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