SABRINA Spellman’s return to television is going to be darker than ever before.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has revealed the first look at the potential new series, titled The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, by way of the first page of his script which reveals a new darker twist on the teenage witch.
Instead of being a half-mortal who discovers her powers when she turns 16, in this re-imagining from the team behind Riverdale, Sabrina is a witch born in the middle of a forest who is preparing to accept her powers.
And Harvey Kinkle is back as her boyfriend, only in this series he will know all about Sabrina’s magical abilities and her fight against the forces of evil.
In the script tease, Sabrina tells him: “I… wanted you to see where I was born, Havey.
“Not in Greendale General, like it says on my birth certificate. Here. In this grove of trees. Almost 16 years ago. And, uhm, where I’ll be reborn this Saturday night. On my birthday.
“At the stroke of midnight. In the middle of a penumbral lunar eclipse. The kind that only happens once every sixty-six years. That’s why I can’t go to Rosalind’s Halloween party this weekend.”
Sabrina’s iconic show ran for seven years, from 1996, and was based on the Archie Comics series of the same name.
“And (it) will see Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.”
— Critic (@CriticNarrator) September 20, 2017
Scores of excited fans have taken to social media to rave about the announcement.
Among them was peterparrkour, who wrote: “SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH IS BEING REMADE YALL HEAR ME SCREAMING”.
While jjackiie07 said she was “so excited to see who’s going to play Sabrina the teenage witch on Riverdale”.
But some were less impressed with the spin-off’s darker tone, with coolweirdkid saying: “Leave Sabrina the teenage witch alone”.
I’m so excited to see who’s going to play Sabrina the teenage witch on Riverdale
— jackie (@jjackiie07) September 20, 2017
“Riverdale team developing a dark, coming-of-age Sabrina the Teenage Witch series”
— Jordan (@JordanApps) September 20, 2017
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH IS BEING REMADE YALL HEAR ME SCREAMING
— maggie (@peterparrkour) September 21, 2017
Sabrina The Teenage Witch got darker twist ?
— ROY G. BIV (@Fariderator) September 21, 2017
Leave Sabrina the teenage witch alone
— generous (@xcoolweirdkid) September 21, 2017
Should it move forward, the project is expected to involve the key writers, executive producers and directors from Riverdale and Archie Comics.
While Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros would produce the show.
According to Variety: “The project has a good chance of being ordered to series, given Berlanti’s longstanding relationship with the network.”
The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina was originally spun-off into its own comic book series after the teenage witch played a significant role in Afterlife With Archie.
And, if you were a fan of Sabrina, you won’t believe what her teenage boyfriend Harvey looks like now.
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