Sabrina the Teenage Witch is getting a reboot, but don’t expect another lighthearted, cheeky comedy. The new version that is being developed by The CW will put a creepy, suspenseful and horror-like spin on the iconic '90s sitcom. The reboot is being referred to as a spin-off of the breakout hit show Riverdale, and will take place in the same universe of Archie Comics. In fact, the working title for the show is The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which, as fans know, is the same title of the comic.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a 1990’s sitcom that instantly became a cult classic. Unlike the reboot, where Sabrina has known her whole life she is a witch, the original comedy saw Sabrina finding out her heritage on her 16th birthday. The series ran for four years on ABC, where it was part of their famous TGIF line-up. When ABC cancelled the show, The CW picked it up and it ran there for three more years. Hart has already made it clear she has nothing to do with the new project but is supporting it, as demonstrated in the Instagram post below.
The tone of the new project, which is being developed for the 2018-2019 television season, is being compared to the likes of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist. Sabrina will be dealing with how to reconcile her half mortal/half witch nature as she battles against the evil forces that are threatening her family. It is likely that the character will be introduced on Riverdale in a backdoor pilot episode, as the premiere of the CW show had Jason Blossom traveling to Greendale, where Sabrina lives, before his untimely demise.
The CW show Riverdale is also a dark twist on the classic comics, and follows the antics of Archie, Betty and Veronica as they are entangled in a murder mystery. It's full of lies, deception, romance and suspense that keeps fans wanting more each episode. To keep us satisfied until the Sabrina reboot is released, Season 2 of Riverdale will premiere on October 11.
Fans have been clamoring for a Sabrina The Teenage Witch reboot, but are they ready for the new darker, horror version of their favorite young witch? What do you think?