Riverdale's Sabrina the Teenage Witch spin-off has moved to Netflix

Riverdale's Sabrina the Teenage Witch spin-off has moved to Netflix

It comes from the same team behind "Riverdale": creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, producer Greg Berlanti and director Lee Toland Krieger.

The one-hour drama is based on the comic "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. The streaming giant has committed to 20-episodes of the show, which The Hollywood Reporter describes as two 10-episode seasons that will shoot back to back. It was originally in development at The CW to serve as a companion series to fellow Archie Comics property "Riverdale". Additionally, by going with Netflix, WBTV is retaining full ownership of the Sabrina series.

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)".

It's not surprising that Netflix would be interested in the Sabrina project. Many, including myself, found Riverdale streaming on Netflix and binged the entire series. The original plan was to have Sabrina show up during an episode of Riverdale before spinning-off into her own series.

Apparently, Netflix wants to move fast on the series saying that the seasons would shoot back-to-back with the first filming from February to June and the second June to October. No word on whether we'll see the comic's villain, Madam Satan, in the show, but we wouldn't bet against it. According to Variety, Warner Bros.

Given that description, it's likely the series will have little in common-tonally, at least-with the 1990s comedy series that starred Melissa Joan Hart as the titular adolescent spellcaster. Television already had a list of actresses in consideration for the role, and now that list is being revisited with the commitment from Netflix.

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