Earlier this year, Riverdale drove us wild with its dark, scandalous and campy re-imagining of Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica. But things are going to get a lot darker as a the show’s creator, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is officially developing a spinoff, featuring Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
This new one-hour drama is based on Aguirre-Sacasa’s sensational and sick comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which begins with an infant Sabrina Spellman being ripped out of the arms of her mortal mother, and offered up to a Satan-worshipping coven. When her mother dares to fight back, she’s lobotomized by magic. And that’s just the start of a string of deeply twisted stories featuring fiercely protective aunts, resurrected teens, and one bad bitch called Madam Satan. Having read and reveled over the comics, I anticipate the new Sabrina series will be closer to Hannibal than the Melissa Joan Hart sitcom.
The series is described as being tonally in the vein of horror classics like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist,” and 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.
But let’s be clear: this series isn’t a go yet. It’s just in the works. But with the Riverdale creative team—including Aguirre-Sacasa, director Lee Toland Krieger and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater—on it, we suspect this horror-rich companion to Riverdale will go to series in 2018, and be brilliantly bonkers to boot.
I bet this all means Sabrina will make an appearance in the fast-approaching season two of Riverdale. So start your dream casting now. Tell us in comments who you’d like to see play Sabrina, her aunts Hilda and Zelda, and who would be purrfect to lend their voice to her talking cat Salem.
Kristy Puchko recommends checking out Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ASAP. They’re available on Comixology.