The Archie Comics based horror series has moved to Netflix with a straight-to-series order. Set in the same world as Riverdale, the currently untitled series will be based on the hit Sabrina the Teenage Witch re-imagining The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Originally announced for The CW and intended to air as a companion series in the 2018-19 season, Netflix has picked up the show instead, immediately ordering two seasons of 10 episodes each.
The network swap doesn’t come out of the blue. Riverdale airs on Netflix in some regions, such as Canada and the U.K., just hours after its CW premiere in the U.S. Once the whole season was added to the streaming service, it was a massive hit, picking up more of an audience and leading the season 2 premiere to series-high ratings. With the popularity of Riverdale and the familiar Sabrina name to back it up, the series is a sure hit for Netflix.
In case you aren’t familiar with the comic, it’s an incredibly dark, satanic take on the character, where her half-witch nature brings evil supernatural forces into her normal life. Described as a coming-of-age story by way of horror, it’s part Rosemary’s Baby and part The Exorcist. The series will find Sabrina “wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.”
Riverdale showrunner and creator of the Chilling Adventures comic Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the original script and will direct and produce. Fellow Riverdale producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Lee Toland Krieger, and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater will act as producers as well. Shooting will commence for the seasons back-to-back from February to June and June to October. The casting search is currently underway, with a wide range of actresses on the shortlist.
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