The Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics have found a new home at Netflix. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Sabrina will be heading to Netflix and has already earned itself a two-season twenty-episode order. Lee Toland Krieger will direct and executive produce with Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater.
It still focuses on Sabrina Spellman and her growing awareness of her powers, but in the book she also must decide whether to embrace her witch roots or become fully mortal, while fighting dark forces that would harm the everyday world. Back in September, when the spinoff news first came out, the project was described as "a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft" and likened to "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist".
An upfront commitment to make 20 episodes right out of the gate, however, would have been far less likely on The CW.
But now that Netflix has snapped up what The CW began with Sabrina, there'll be a waiting game until fans find out how much crossover, if any, Netflix has in store. Under the new deal, Warner Bros.More news: Giants co-owner John Mara talks about benching Eli Manning
Now in its second season, Riverdale has been teasing the presence of Sabrina Spellman, the teenage sorceress, within the show, but she has yet to appear. It aired on ABC for its first four, then moved to The WB (now The CW) for its final three.Season 1 of "Riverdale" is currently available on Netflix, which is credited with boosting the show's ratings in Season 2.
With Marvel series moving away from streaming services in the future due to the Disney streaming service ambitions, Netflix would be wise to capitalize on the Archie universe.
Ever since Riverdale reimagined the Archie comics as a dark, sexy Twin Peaks-esque teen drama, there's been a growing desire to bring original Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch into the mix. No word on whether we'll see the comic's villain, Madam Satan, in the show, but we wouldn't bet against it.