'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' is getting a scary new reboot
Remember Sabrina the Teenage Witch? For those of us who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s, it was likely to be an important part of your childhood viewing experience. Sabrina Spellman finds out on her sixteenth birthday she has magical powers, which of course gets her into a number of sticky situations as she tries to navigate high school life.
She lives with her two 600-year-old aunts Hilda and Zelda (getting nostalgic yet?) as well as the true star of the show: their magical talking cat Salem. If you don't recall, he was a 500-year-old witch turned into a cat because of his plans to take over the world, with plenty of sarcasm to go around.
The show was pretty damn popular, leading to the show landing 163 episodes over seven seasons. They even made three TV films at the height of its popularity, including one titled Sabrina, Down Under, in which the witch helped protect a mermaid colony in Australia.
Looking back at this show I'm remembering plenty of things that I'd previously forgotten, like how at the end of the opening titles Sabrina would end up in a different outfit, making a pun about it too. But what you may not know is that the show is based on a comic book that dates back to 1962. In fact, while the show was based in Boston, in the comic Sabrina lived in Greendale, a town near the fictional Riverdale.
That's right, this is actually in the same world as Archie comics, whose characters were adapted into a darker series on The CW earlier this year. And now some unexpected news has arrived: Sabrina the Teenage Witch is returning to our screens in a similarly darker take on the character, from the same producers as Riverdale. The name of the show? The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
It will be based off the comic of the same name, which launched in 2014 and completely sold out on its release. This comic, which was under the Archie Horror imprint, provided readers with a far darker re-imagining of the original coming-of-age story. The basic elements are the same, but they are leaning more into the scarier elements this time around.
This one-hour drama's logline has also been released:
"The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 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. 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.”
That movie comparison is a lot to live up to given how scary and messed up both of those films are. The plan is for it to hit screens in the 2018/2019 TV season, and once it gets going you can bet there will be some sort of crossover with the immensely popular Riverdale series.