The now untitled Sabrina series will be based on the Archie Comics' graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The streaming service has rights to "Riverdale" and offered the first season when it concluded on The CW.
Netflix keeps making more inroads into the world of comics, with word coming that the streaming service has picked up Riverdale spin-off series Sabrina - a supernatural drama that originally had been planned for The CW. Netflix's interest in Sabrina is not surprising. Live ratings from the second season premiere jumped 60 percent from the first, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in large part because many new viewers had watched the first season on Netflix.
The new, as-yet-untitled series (which we're betting will be called Sabrina for simplicity's sake), will be mostly inspired from the critically acclaimed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack, which gave fans an updated and modern re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch's occult origins.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, chief creative officer of Archie Comics, will serve as writer and executive producer. Like Riverdale, this show's going to err on the side of spooky.
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Greg Berlanti is moving The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to Netflix. The series is described as being tonally in the vein of horror classics like "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist", and will see Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit. The CW, which also has another female witch drama in the works, a Charmed reboot with Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman, had only committed to development.
This version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch won't have much in common with the previous television incarnation of the character.
Expanding the Archie Comics universe may ultimately prove harder for The CW than for Netflix, even though Warner Bros.
Melissa Joan Hart previously played the character in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which ran for four seasons on ABC and then moved to The WB its final three seasons.