The new ‘Sabrina’ series based on character from the Archie Comics universe will land on Netflix rather than the CW…
The ‘Riverdale’ universe is expanding with a new companion series headed to Netflix.
Based on the comic book ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, the new show originally in development at the CW has now been given a two season, 20 episode direct to series order on Netflix.
‘Sabrina’ takes the character best known from the series ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ and reimagines her in a much darker occult tale that also serves as a coming of age story as a girl comes to grips with her with her humanity as well as her witchcraft. If the TV series sticks relatively close to the source material, ‘Sabrina’ will resemble ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘The Exorcist’ or ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ far more than the classic 1990’s television series starring Melissa Joan Hart.
Casting was actually already underway at the CW to find an actress to play Sabrina but now with the series shifting to Netflix, the process will begin again.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is the show runner behind ‘Riverdale’ and wrote ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ comic book series as well, will pen the pilot script with a writer’s room already working on the new series for Netflix.
Originally, ‘Sabrina’ was imagined as a sister series to ‘Riverdale’ with potential plans to pair the two shows together but now there’s no telling if there will be any relation at all between them. That being said, Netflix owns the streaming rights to ‘Riverdale’ and the series became a huge hit for the streaming service after debuting there earlier this year following the first season on the CW.
There’s no word yet on when ‘Sabrina’ would debut on Netflix but it’s likely production on the show will kick off in early 2018.