This past autumn, it was revealed that a new Sabrina the teenage witch series was in the works at The CW and Warner Bros. Television, with plans to have it serve as a companion series to Riverdale, but now Netflix has cast its own spell and ordered 20 episodes of the developing series, bringing their own magical touch to the world of Archie Comics.
Announced by Netflix and numerous outlets, including the official Archie Comics website, the new Sabrina TV series will be based on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which features chillingly atmospheric artwork by Robert Hack.
The new show, currently untitled, has been given a 20-episode order spanning two seasons (according to Variety). Aguirre-Sacasa, who developed the Riverdale TV series, will write and executive produce the Sabrina series, with Lee Toland Krieger (Riverdale) directing and executive producing. Also on board as executive producers are Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater, all of whom executive produce Riverdale as well, although it's not yet known if Riverdale and the Sabrina series will exist in the same on-screen universe.
Here's Netflix's official logline for the new series:
"UNTITLED SABRINA SERIES 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. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this 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."
This wouldn't be the first time Sabrina has worked her magic on the small screen, as the character with a talking black cat previously appeared in the Melissa Joan Hart-starring sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch that aired from 1996–2003, and several animated series have also featured the Archie Comics character.
If you haven't read Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I highly recommend checking it out for its haunting horror and gorgeous autumn backdrops. Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes the Afterlife with Archie series (another title that's a must-read for fans of the living dead or readers with fond memories of chocolate milk shakes at Pop Tate's), doesn't hold back with the series' dark magic elements, and he truly conjures a Cthulhu-infused spell on the page that should hopefully translate well to the screen.
We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are divulged, but in the meantime, what are your thoughts on a new Sabrina TV series coming to Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!