The CW has revealed that the spinoff series focused on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch has been picked up for two seasons, but instead of being on The CW alongside Archie Andrews and his pals, her show will be a Netflix Original Series.
The untitled series, based on the Archie Comics graphic novel "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", was being developed by The CW as a companion to its hit teen drama. 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. 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.
Due to the incredible success of Riverdale, CW has actively searched for Sabrina for some time now. So, when will the Sabrina reboot be on Netflix?More news: Medical experts: Flu season may be a bad one
The project started as a pilot in development for The CW for next season. Under the new deal, Warner Bros.
In the introduction to Chilling Adventures' original collected edition, Aguirre-Sacasa said this of the comics' tone: "If Afterlife with Archie was about Lovecraft and zombies and body horror, Sabrina would be more psychological, a bit more subtle (but only a bit), a bit more sexual (as stories about witches often are)". If Sabrina follows its source material, fans should expect something spooky and dark, a departure from the classic Sabrina The Teenage Witch TV series from the '90s.
This version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch won't have much in common with the previous television incarnation of the character.More news: Microsoft plans to expand Redmond campus
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.
Expanding the Archie Comics universe may ultimately prove harder for The CW than for Netflix, even though Warner Bros. Netflix recently partnered with Millarworld to publish comics, which, in turn, gives Netflix the rights to adapt those stories into shows and movies.More news: Dancing ballerinas help kick off Christmas at White House