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. Executive producers include Berlanti, Aguirre-Sacasa, Krieger, Sarah Schechter, and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. 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.
According to Deadline, "Sabrina" will have a two-season order of 20 episodes, and its exact title is still to be determined. The Chiling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series features brief appearances by Archie characters like Betty and Veronica, but is primarily a self-contained narrative. Originally developed at the CW, the new Sabrina show has moved to Netflix where viewers can marathon all of the episodes at once.
Ever since Riverdale reimagined the Archie comics as a dark, sexy Twin Peaks-esque teen drama, there's been a growing desire to bring original Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch into the mix.
But now that Netflix has snapped up what The CW began with Sabrina, there'll be a waiting game until fans find out how much crossover, if any, Netflix has in store. "Riverdale" is now outperforming its first season to the tune of 50 percent in the key ratings measures. This'll be a coming of age tale dealing with horror and the occult as Sabrina must contend with being half-human and half-witch. No word on whether we'll see the comic's villain, Madam Satan, in the show, but we wouldn't bet against it.
Now the hunt is on for the actress to play the lead witch.
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.