After the CW brought the comic book world of Archie to the small screen in the decidedly “not your parents’ Archie” live-action drama series “Riverdale,” now comes word that the network is developing a spinoff, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”
The new series “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,” EW.com reports. “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.”
The project is being developed with a target of running as a companion to “Riverdale” during the 2018-2019 season.
The new project “takes its name and inspiration from the 2014 Archie comics created by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, an executive producer on Riverdale,” the report notes, adding: “Sacasa will also write and executive produce on ‘The Chilling Adventures,’ alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger, who is attached to direct should the project move forward.”
The character of Sabrina was previously portrayed by Melissa Joan Hart on the ABC sitcom “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”