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. Written by Riverdale showrunner and Archie Comics CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacas, the to-be-released Sabrina show isn't going to be a lighthearted romp about a high school student who happens to have magical powers.
The show will be titled "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", no doubt a decision that was made to really hammer home the idea that this ain't your mommy's Sabrina, but rather, an extension of the same weird universe that features Archie having statutory affairs with his teachers in between classes. "TV will own the Sabrina series, while "'Riverdale' is a co-production with CBS TV Studios". THR says the CW and Warner Bros.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sabrina films the two, 10-episode seasons back to back starting this winter and through the fall. Inspired by the comic book series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the show will reimagine the the story of Sabrina the Teenage Witch with a darker, more horror-oriented storyline. If Sabrina follows its source material, fans should expect something spooky and dark, a departure from the classic Sabrina The Teenage Witch TV series from the '90s.
No firm date has been given for the show's premiere, but it is expected to drop sometime in 2018. Described as tonally being in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature - half-witch, half-mortal - while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Now that the two shows are on different networks, It remains to be seen if there will be any formal association between Riverdale and the Sabrina series. Netflix recently partnered with Millarworld to publish comics, which, in turn, gives Netflix the rights to adapt those stories into shows and movies.