It appears The CW is doubling down on Riverdale. The network has announced that it is developing The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a horror version of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.
Riverdale executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schecter are working on the project, but there is no word yet on whether or not the show is a spinoff.
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.
Sounds like this will be a far cry from the ABC TGIF staple Sabrina the Teenage Witch starring Melissa Joan Hart.
Riverdale showrunner and Archie Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic, is writing and executive producing. He explained Sabrina’s place in the Riverdale universe to comicbook.com.
“The truth is, we did talk a lot about introducing Sabrina, but she’s such an important character and it’s such a big idea to introduce the supernatural into a natural world that honestly when we got to the finale, we kind of realized that there was so much stuff to play that if we introduced Sabrina, it would kind of overshadow everything that we had planned,” he said.
“We are going to continue exploring the idea of the supernatural being on the fringes of Riverdale, and that might be to lead up to Sabrina’s arrival or that might just be to make it more like Twin Peaks and the way they dealt with the supernatural,” he continued.
If picked up, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina would likely be available for the 2018-2019 season.
Will you watch a darker, more horror styled Sabrina story?
Source: Comic Book