Looks like the new Sabrina the Teenage Witch remake will be a chilling departure from its bubbly origins. The reboot has been shopped around between networks but has officially been picked up by Netflix. Unlike its 90’s counterpart, this new series will follow its comic book origins more closely. Executive producer and show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has bewitched curious fans with an image on twitter, showcasing Sabrina along with the official title of the series.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) May 2, 2018
Fans of the Archie Horror comics will be excited to know that the show will be called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, after the comic series of the same name.
According to JoBlo, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 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.”
As we had previously reported, Sabrina will be played by Kiernan Shipka, best known for her role in Mad Men. Jaz Sinclair will play Rosalind Walker, “a brash, empowered and outspoken daughter of Greendale’s minister and Sabrina’s best friend at Baxter High,” according to Den of Geek.
The cast will also include Lucy Davis as Aunt Hilda, Miranda Otto as Aunt Zelda, Richard Coyle as Father Blackwood, Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle, Tati Gabrielle as Prudence, Michelle Gomez as teacher Mary Wardell and Chance Perdomo as Sabrina’s warlock cousin Ambrose Spellman. According to Deadline, “Branson Pinchot will recur as George Hawthorne, Baxter High’s villainous, Puritanical principal”.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) April 4, 2018
The series will also feature a new Salem Saberhagen. Unlike its animatronic predecessor on The WB Network, this new fur ball will surely enchant cat lovers everywhere.
With this much darker undertone, it will be interesting to see if this version of Salem will be as comical. In our opinion, that feline was one funny cat.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) February 9, 2018
We last spoke about the remake in February when the show was being approached as a spin-off of Riverdale for the CW. As a refresher and to the shows defense, the comic is based in the Archie universe. With that being said, the possibility of a spin-off could have been quite captivating thanks to Riverdale’s gritty, stylistic, aesthetic. However, the show has been officially picked up for two seasons for a total of 20 episodes on Netflix.
“[I feel] indifferent, really [about the Sabrina reboot],” Hart told Entertainment Weekly. “People kept asking for it, and they were already doing Riverdale, so I guess it made sense I think they’re doing it in a smart way—change it up, don’t make it the same. If you’re going to do the same show, it probably would fall on its face, but I think what they’re doing is probably the smartest way to reboot something.”
For fans of Melissa Joan Hart’s Sabrina, this new chilling tale will be a horrifying switch from its lighthearted, teen sitcom, beginnings. Like the Archie Horror comics, this version will be MUCH grimmer.
“Salem’s more serious, Zelda and Hilda eat human flesh when they’re not transforming into giant spiders to spook their niece’s bullies, and things don’t work out well at all for Harvey,” according to Collider. “Sabrina, too, relishes in the craft as she constantly uses her magic to make Harvey fall in love with her, bringing beings back from the dead, shirking her witchy responsibilities to the coven (who will eviscerate her if she’s acting wise), and changing the scoreboard at the school games for her own enjoyment.”
There is still no official release date for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but we will surely keep you posted. Will you be checking out this new version? Will you miss the 90s series? Let us know in the comments!