With Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina entering pre-production, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has just released the first piece of concept art. The drawing, done by production designer Lisa Soper, is titled “Woods Vision Concept” and has Sabrina staring at a roaring flame in the Greendale forest. The concept art, which Aguirre-Sacasa posted on his Twitter page, shares a lot with its source material, stylistically. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has a very unique visual aesthetic, and the show will probably be more reflective of that than Riverdale has been.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) December 22, 2017
According to a synopsis from CBR:
In Chilling Adventures, Sabrina Spellman will be a teenage witch from Riverdale’s sister city Greendale. The series will follow her as she comes into her powers and has to choose between using her magical abilities for good or evil. As a spinoff of Riverdale, the magical series will establish the stranger corners of the overarching universe — including its Lovecraftian elements. Like Riverdale, the show will be a darker take on the source material.
The Chilling Adventures books are some of Archie Comics’ best in recent memory. Next to Afterlife with Archie, they’re probably the best of Archie Comics’ horror offerings, and I can’t wait to see what the writers and producers of this show do with the story. I’m hoping the show has a different aesthetic from Riverdale, which leans more into soap opera territory. A good Chilling Adventures adaptation has to be one part coming-of-age story and one part horror saga with unique visuals.
With director Lee Toland Krieger on board for the pilot, and writer-producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa working on this in conjunction with Riverdale, I think Chilling Adventures is going to have a lot to offer when it premieres next year. Netflix has already ordered two seasons of the show before the first one even starts filming, which is a good sign. Hopefully, she’ll show up on Riverdale soon. Fans have been waiting a long time to see her show up in an episode, which will most likely happen soon after the show returns from its midseason finale on January 17th.
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