Creators of the upcoming Netflix series based on Sabrina the Teenage Witch just released new concept art for the show, and it looks amazing.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted a taste of what we can expect, and it looks grim. Seems like we’re in for a much darker version of our favorite comic book witch.
It has the same dark feel as the graphic novel, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. So, horror comic fans will be sure to tune in for the live action show.
Riverdale fans have been waiting to hear more about this Archie comic book offshoot. From from this hint of the macabre, we’re in for some epic battles. Dark and demonic forces seem imminent.
The one-hour drama promises a dive into the occult, and creators have described the tone as “classic horror.” Based on this new concept art, we believe it.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) December 22, 2017
According to the press release from Netflix’s Media Center, the new Sabrina series:
“[I]magines 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.”
Producers say the show will follow in the “vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.” Sabrina is half-witch, and half-mortal, so she may have to make hard choices.
The show was originally announced by CW back in September. CW planned it as a crossover show with Riverdale. But then, Netflix snapped it up earlier this month.
The official title hasn’t been chosen, but Netflix has ordered 20 episodes of the new show. That means we’re in for two seasons of dark adventures. Also, it’s uncertain how much the Sabrina will relate to the new Archie on Riverdale. Both shows are owned by Warner, but the shows air on different networks.
CW promoted Riverdale heavily. But it wasn’t until Netflix picked up the first season that the show started to take off. Apparently, Warner is planning to head off any ratings problems at the pass.
Back in October, CW Executive VP of Marketing and Digital Platforms, Rick Haskins, told Hollywood Reporter:
“Probably, more people watched it on Netflix thinking it was a Netflix show.”
Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack wrote the original The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina horror comic. Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the script for the new pilot, and Greg Berlanti from Arrow is executive producer.
The 2014 comic featured Sabrina growing up in the 1960s. Sabrina appeared in Issue #6 of the Afterlife with Archie graphic novel storyline, and in the solo comic, Sabrina is about to turn 16. She must decide whether or not to become mortal or remain a witch. Meanwhile, her dead father’s former lover has returned from Hell and is looking for revenge.
The show has recently gone into pre-production, and according to ThatHashtagShow, they haven’t cast the title character yet. The casting call released describes her character:
“Sabrina is an half-human, half-witch, empowered young woman just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, and she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High.
Sabrina’s intelligent, compassionate, and brave to the point of recklessness.
She is fiercely loyal to her family and friends. Wickedly funny, and in the middle of a star-crossed romance with her classmate Harvey Kinkle.
She challenges witch-doctrine at every turn. She is all that stands between us and the Forces of Darkness that threaten our world.”
Producers are also still looking for actors to play Sabrina’s aunts, Hilda and Zelda Spellman. In addition, the casting call is still out for Sabrina’s cousin, Ambrose Spellman. Filming is set to begin in February 2018 in Vancouver, Canada, and fans can’t wait.
Featured Image: Via Netflix press release.