SABRINA BRINGS HER MAGIC TO NETFLIX
AHEAD OF A MAJOR CROSSOVER EVENT, NETFLIX ACQUIRES SABRINA: THE TEENAGE WITCH REBOOT
With Disney pulling Marvel content from Netflix in favor of their own streaming service, Netflix acquires a new comic book universe to fill the gap. During comic-con season it was announced that Sabrina from the Archie Comics universe would be appearing in a cross-over episode with the characters of Riverdale on the CW network.
While that event will still take place (casting for Sabrina is already underway), Netflix has acquired the production and greenlit a separate series for the character as a Netflix original. Netflix even ordered two seasons for the series with a total of 20 episodes.
In order to do this Netflix placed Riverdale showrunner Aguirre-Sacasa and Berlanti Productions in charge of production for Sabrina. Berlanti Productions already handles the DC properties that air on the CW network so this Archie comics adaptation is already in great hands.
The Sabrina character appearing on Riverdale is an adaptation from the 2014 Archie comic titled “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” which features Sabrina living in the 1960’s facing off against the devil himself; all the while balancing her life as a half human half witch.
With the release of this news, Netflix released a statement:
imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally 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.
Netflix already has the rights to stream Riverdale whenever a season ends and ratings on the weekly airs on CW have actually risen thanks to older seasons being available on Netflix. With more people watching Riverdale, the Sabrina cross-over is expected to be positively received and will provide an existing audience for Netflix when they release the new series. Either way, Netflix has already mastered dark and twisted themes with originals Stranger Things, Mindhunter and Dark, so not only will the Sabrina adaptation be in good hands, but it will be a fresh look at a nostalgic series.