Sabrina the Teenage Witch Is Heading to Netflix With 20-Episode Order


Well, it all started with the comic that Chilling Adventures spun out of, Afterlife with Archie, a title that spoofed the company's long-running Life with Archie series.

It's not surprising that Netflix would be interested in the Sabrina project.

Just as Riverdale is a darker take on the classic comics series, Sabrina will do the same for everyone's favorite witch.

The streaming platform has picked up a 20-episode season of the supernatural teen series, which had been in development at The CW since September. According to the report, the show will be created by numerous same people who worked on Riverdale, with creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing the pilot and Lee Toland Krieger directing, just as the duo did for the previous show.

Sabrina may not be coming to RIVERDALE after all. Melissa Joan Hart previously played the character in the live-action, multi-cam series "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", which aired for seven seasons. But while that Sabrina was a light comedy, this new version is being described as much darker, akin to something like Rosemary's Baby or The Exorcist.

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. Instead, it is envisioned as a "dark coming-of-age story", with Sabrina Spellman battling evil forces while also trying to be a normal half-human / half-witch teenager. According to Variety, Warner Bros.

With Marvel series moving away from streaming services in the future due to the Disney streaming service ambitions, Netflix would be wise to capitalize on the Archie universe.

Sources say that the show is set to shoot back-to-back with the first series of episodes filming from February to June and the second from June to October.