Netflix has scooped up the Sabrina reboot based on Archie Comics graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday. The series had originally been planned for the CW, but now Netflix has committed to a 20-episode season of show. Netflix's interest in Sabrina is not surprising.
Apparently, Netflix wants to move fast on the series saying that the seasons would shoot back-to-back with the first filming from February to June and the second June to October.
The series is based on the new comic book The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which reimagines 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.
Similarly to how Riverdale plunged formerly wholesome milkshake-drinking teens into a storyline so dark it's practically Zodiac, Sabrina will take a more macabre approach to the subject material than has previously been seen on TV. Executive producers include Berlanti, Aguirre-Sacasa, Krieger, Sarah Schechter, and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater. Like Riverdale, this show's going to err on the side of spooky. The original plan was to have Sabrina show up during an episode of Riverdale before spinning-off into her own series.
Riverdale series creator/executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is executive producing and writing the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series for Netflix.
Hart played the witch from 1996 to 2003. The Sabrina series is set up under Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros.
The character of Sabrina has yet to be introduced on "Riverdale", and an actress has yet to be cast. Netflix has not revealed any casting details yet nor have they announced a potential premiere date.
It's unclear how the Sabrina series will relate to Riverdale now that it will be on a different network, but it still has the same creative team behind it. Crossovers, however, would seem more unlikely now. Netflix recently partnered with Millarworld to publish comics, which, in turn, gives Netflix the rights to adapt those stories into shows and movies.