The CW Announces Dark Reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Based on the stories of Archie Comics, the TV show Riverdale became a huge hit for The CW because of its harder-edge perspective on the normally light hearted source material. It looks as though the network is keeping that dark-shaded template in mind for the new series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a horror-based reimagining of Archie character Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
The CW has announced executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schecter will head up the new series, the same duo behind the scenes of Riverdale. While the two shows will share producers, it’s currently unknown if The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be connected or stand alone from each other. The CW’s DC line-up of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow all regularly interact, so the concept of crossovers isn’t completely out of the question.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina shares it’s name with a 2014 comic book story that reimagines the origins of teen witch Sabrina Spellman. Within the pages, the half-mortal spell-caster confronts her dual nature as well as an evil presence that threatens her, her loved ones, and the entire human realm. The story is tonally comparable to horror films Rosemary’s Baby or The Exorcist, a definite far cry from the family-friendly sitcom that ran on TV during the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Also part of the announced crew is Riverdale showrunner and Archie Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who will write and executive produce. Lee Toland Krieger will produce and direct, and Archie CEO Jon Goldwater is also set to be an executive producer. No actors or actresses have been announced as of yet. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is eyeing a release during the 2018-2019 TV season, airing alongside Riverdale.
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