Dark ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Reboot is Coming to The CW

by Mark McCurley

Although its original run ended 14 years ago, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is returning for a much darker rendition than ever before in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Straight from The Independent, this version is aiming to be less teen-friendly and more in line with films like The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby. The new show will be produced by Warner Bros. TV along with Berlanti Productions and aired on The CW.

Chilling Adventures follows after Riverdale, a teen drama television series based on the characters by Archie Comics that premiered on The CW in January 2017. The show puts a dark spin on the more colorful counterparts from the original comic book series.

Sabrina’s first appearance in comics was in Archie’s Madhouse #22, cover-dated Oct. 1962.

Executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater, Lee Toland Krieger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are taking the reigns for the reboot and working the character into the storyline of Riverdale as a companion series. Aguirre-Sacasa will be serving also as screenwriter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Krieger, will direct the pilot should the project be green lit.

As chief creative officer of Archie Comics, Aguirre-Sacasa talked to THR about his plans going farther past Riverdale. He said, “One of the nice things about me being a part of Archie Comics is having access to a library of 4,000 to 5,000 characters. Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats … those are characters who can very easily support their own show. But we [also] have superheroes. So in success, yes, the goal is to expand that way.”

In Chilling Adventures, teenager Sabrina Spellman is a witch who lives in Greendale, the town across from Riverdale. There she lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda Spellman, along with her cousin Ambrose.

The storyline is based on the ongoing comic series of the same name that Aguirre-Sacasa writes, and takes place during her teenage years in the 1960’s as she deals with being half-witch/half-mortal and fighting the forces of evil.

Chilling Adventures is one of two potential companion series in the works for the CW network. The other being planned is a spin-off of Supernatural titled Wayward Sisters.

The original half-hour long sitcom starring Hart ran from 1996 to 2003. Hart earned a ‘98 Young Artist Award for her onscreen performance.

In addition to the live-action series, Teenage Witch also had three animated series; the first (1970-1974) featuring the voice of Jane Webb, the second (1999-2000) Hart’s sister, Emily Hart, provided her voice for and the third (2013-2014) was voiced by Ashley Tisdale.

Variety stated the new one-hour drama is projected for the 2018-2019 television season. However, no casting has yet been announced.

Check back soon for more on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!

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