The Sabrina the Teenage Witch spin-off from the CW's hot Archie show Riverdale is coming to Netflix. The new series will reportedly be based on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a supernatural horror series from Archie Comics' horror imprint. Lee Toland Krieger will direct and executive produce with Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Sabrina will be heading to Netflix and has already earned itself a two-season twenty-episode order. The Chiling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series features brief appearances by Archie characters like Betty and Veronica, but is primarily a self-contained narrative.
Similarly to how Riverdale plunged formerly wholesome milkshake-drinking teens into a storyline so dark it's practically Zodiac, Sabrina will take a more macabre approach to the subject material than has previously been seen on TV. Filming on the first batch of episodes is slated to begin in February.
In the introduction to Chilling Adventures' original collected edition, Aguirre-Sacasa said this of the comics' tone: "If Afterlife with Archie was about Lovecraft and zombies and body horror, Sabrina would be more psychological, a bit more subtle (but only a bit), a bit more sexual (as stories about witches often are)". Now, that desire has become a reality, and Sabrina is coming to Netflix. Under the new deal, Warner Bros.
The show was initially put into development at The CW in September.
Fans of the 1996 Sabrina television series starring Melissa Joan Hart might find themselves thrown for a loop.
A lot of the same creatives that helped bring Riverdale to life will also be bringing Sabrina to the small screen as well.
This new show will run for at least two seasons, and will be set in the same universe as "Riverdale", meaning that it's not impossible for characters from the hit show to turn up to get in Sabrina's way periodically. Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. TV.