Sabrina has found a new home at Netflix.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series was originally put into development at the CW in September, as a potential companion series to Riverdale, but plans have changed as the show has now landed a 20-episode, two-season, straight-to-series order at Netflix.
Based on the Archie Comics graphic novel, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the TV adaptation comes from the same team as Riverdale: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV.
Aguirre-Sacasa, who wrote Riverdale’s pilot episode, and Lee Toland Krieger, who directed, are reprising their roles for the pilot of Sabrina.
Most of Archie Comics’ popular characters have made an appearance in Riverdale, however Sabrina has been conspicuously absent from the CW show, so it made sense when the network announced that they were developing a separate series about the Teenage Witch.
Reports have said that it’s likely that based on the success of Riverdale on Netflix, the streaming giant gave Warner Bros. TV a two-season pickup offer that they couldn’t refuse. The CW, who also has another female witch drama in the works – a Charmed reboot with Jane the Virgin’s creator Jennie Snyder Urman – had only committed to development.
Netflix’s interest in Sabrina isn’t surprising, as Riverdale has been a success for both the streaming service and the CW. Still, the series move of the potential companion series won’t allow the CW to build an Archie universe in the same way that they have with their DC superhero series, which frequently enjoys action-packed crossovers.
A far cry from the 1996-2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch comedy series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be a dark horror/drama. The project reimagines the origin story and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story which involves, the occult, horror and witchcraft, as it deals with the young witch wrestling with her dual identity – half-witch and half-mortal – while she must fight the evil forces that threaten the daylight world.
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