The creator, executive producer and showrunner of Netflix’s upcoming ‘Sabrina’ (or ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, we’re still not sure), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has shared a bit of a glimpse of what fans can expect when the show arrives, which will hopefully be late in 2018, as the show is set to begin production on the first of its two ordered seasons in February. (They will shoot back-to-back.) The series is based on the gothic take on classically wholesome Archie Comics enchantress Sabrina Spellman, the Teenage Witch, who was previously immortalized on a hit ABC sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart, which ran from 1996-2003. On the flipside, the new spin is said to be inspired by horror classics like ‘The Exorcist’ and “Rosemary’s Baby’.
Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted an image courtesy of production designer Lisa Soper. The art is strikingly evocative of the work of Robert Hack, who illustrated issues of ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ comic book.
Here is the tweet:
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) December 22, 2017
And if you’d like a closer look without opening it in Twitter, here it is:
Much like ‘Riverdale’, ‘Sabrina’ will take classic, squeaky clean characters and reinterpret them for a modern sensibility in a more grounded, gritty setting and this art certainly conveys that.
Netflix snapped up ‘Sabrina’ after ‘Riverdale’, which airs (in the U.S.) on The CW, scored huge this summer when the streaming service offered the first season. While ‘Sabrina’ was developed for The CW, the network was hesitant to pick it up to series on the off-chance its long-in-development reboot of ‘Charmed’ might come to fruition. Netflix was no qualms and ordered two seasons of ‘Sabrina’ straight-to-series.
Casting is underway with production set to begin soon. Of course, no release date is available at this time. Check back for more updates as they arrive!