A few months ago, it was announced that The CW was in the early development of a Riverdale companion series with Sabrina the Teenage Witch! However, things have changed quite a lot, but in potentially a great way!
Netflix and Archie Comics, with Warner Bros. TV, announced today that the untitled Sabrina series has moved to Netflix with a 2-season order! There are a few reasons for the move from The CW to Netflix. One of them is Deadline stating that CW had only agreed to commit to development
Another reason is that of the major numbers that Riverdale has been doing on Netflix across the world. Some may not be aware, but internationally, Netflix viewers get the latest episode of Riverdale the day after it has aired. A third reason is that this would allow WBTV to have 100% control over the series as the Sabrina show would have been a co-production between CBS Studios and CW.
The series is still being executive produced by Riverdale creator and Archie Comics CCO Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa, who wrote the pilot for the show. The pilot will still be directed by Lee Toland Krieger, who is serving as an executive producer along with Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter as well as Archie Comics’ Jon Goldwater.
The 2-season order consists of 20 episodes, with each season having 10 episodes. According to the trades, the show will start shooting its first season in February all the way into June, with the second season filming from June to October 2018.
In addition to that, it appears that casting is going back to square one as the producers had a shortlist of candidates for the role before the move to Netflix. It remains to be seen whether the Netflix move will increase or decrease the chances of the Sabrina project being part of the Riverdale Universe.
“Logline: UNTITLED SABRINA SERIES imagines 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. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Based on the Archie Comics characters and coming on the heels of the success of Riverdale, which is also based on characters from Archie Comics.
Auspices: Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television
Order: 20 episodes
Format: One-hour drama
Executive Producer/Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Executive Producer/Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter (Berlanti Productions), Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics)”
Are you excited about Netflix’s Sabrina?