Sabrina may not be coming to RIVERDALE after all. Instead, the untitled spinoff about the teenage witch, previously working under the title of THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, is moving to Netflix.
The streaming platform has picked up a 20-episode season of the supernatural teen series, which had been in development at The CW since September.
Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is writing and executive-producing the new spinoff, with Lee Toland Krieger set to direct and serve as EP.
The horror drama series re-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. Described as tonally being 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.
It’s unclear how the Sabrina series will relate to Riverdale now that it will be on a different network, but it still has the same creative team behind it. Crossovers, however, would seem more unlikely now.
Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Archie Comics’ Jon Goldwater, who serve as EPs on Riverdale, will also serve as EPs on the spinoff.
The character of Sabrina has been the focus of discussion since Riverdale’s inception, when Aguirre-Sacasa indicated a strong desire to see the teenage witch show up in town and then ultimately lead her own series.
“There is absolutely a universe where Sabrina pops up in Riverdale or one town over in Greendale,” he said previously. “I’ll just tease that Sabrina has potential with a capital P.”
Linda Ge | TV Editor