Riverdale’s Sabrina spin-off series is coming to Netflix
VOD News | On 02, Dec 2017
Step aside, Riverdale: Sabrina the Teenage Witch is leaving The CW and coming to Netflix.
The untitled series, which is based on the Archie Comics character, has long been anticipated by fans of Riverdale, The CW’s update of Archie for the modern age. With showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa not shying away from the darker side of the town, rumour of a Sabrina cameo and spin-off have been in the works ever since Riverdale first graces our screens last year – leading to The CW officially developing a companion show earlier this year.
Now, after Netflix’s deal with The CW to air Riverdale outside of the USA, Sabrina has magicked herself to a whole new home on the streaming giant. The untitled series is based on the graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Described as “tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist”, the adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit. In other words, this will be nothing like the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series starring Melissa Joan Hart in the 1990s.
How much the show will be based in the same universe as Riverdale, given they are now on different networks, is not yet clear, but with Warner Bros. TV owning the franchise (Riverdale is a co-production with CBS) and Aguirre-Sacasa staying on as EP, anything’s possible. Lee Toland Krieger, who has helmed several episodes of Riverdale, will direct and also exec-produce.
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