SABRINA will draw from the critically acclaimed CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA comic book series from Archie Comics written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack, detailing the compelling and shocking re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch's occult origins.
Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the pilot script and Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti will be executive producing. Back in September, when the spinoff news first came out, the project was described as "a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft" and likened to "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist". And it's a big order, too: The streaming service has nabbed a two-season, 20-episode serving of the series.
Netflix has picked up a show based on the character of Sabrina the teenage witch - but don't expect it to bear much resemblance to "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch".
Now, as any Riverdale fan knows, outbrooding Jughead Jones is an extremely tall order, but, having read the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic ... yeah, she's definitely up to it. Now, that desire has become a reality, and Sabrina is coming to Netflix.
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. 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.
While THR focuses on the popularity of Riverdale as a strong incentive for Netflix to take the show all by itself, it also works to capture an audience not always well-served by Netflix's current library: millennials and younger, primarily women, and a rabid fanbase. Afterlife with Archie was a gore-filled story about what happened after Jughead begged Sabrina to raise his dog from the dead: a zombie plague unleashed on Riverdale. Netflix hasn't issued any information about how the series would be rolled out, but assuming we could see the two seasons in one calendar year looks like a good bet.