We told you a little while back that a darker, horror-inspired version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch was heading to television – specifically the CW, to serve as a companion series of sorts to the popular Riverdale. Archie Comics has now announced that the project, inspired by its comics series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, will instead be seen on Netflix. It’s another return to the comic-inspired properties for Netflix, which of course has its popular Marvel Comics shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc.), is preparing an Umbrella Academy series, and even recently purchased the comic universe of creator Mark Millar.
The new show will be written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is not only the Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics but is the showrunner over at Riverdale. The show is set to be directed by Lee Toland Krieger, will be produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Brothers Studios, and will see Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Lee Toland Krieger as executive producers.
The announcement describes the show as drawing from the comic series, which was also written by Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Robert Hack. It will concern “the compelling and shocking re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s occult origins. This dark coming-of-age story deals with horror, the occult, and witchcraft and will see Sabrina struggle to reconcile her dual nature of being half-witch and half-mortal while protecting her family and the world from the forces of evil.” Indeed, notably darker than the humorous series from the mid-’90s that starred Melissa Joan Hart.
According to Deadline, Netflix has committed to a two-season order, for a total of 20 episodes.
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