Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

The Riverdale Universe Is Expanding-to Netflix

The Riverdale Universe Is Expanding-to Netflix

The new series will be based on the Archie comic The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and will function as a dark origin story for the iconic teenage witch.

The new show, written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer and RIVERDALE Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger, and produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Brothers Studios. Well, it all started with the comic that Chilling Adventures spun out of, Afterlife with Archie, a title that spoofed the company's long-running Life with Archie series.

Multiple outlets report Netflix has struck a deal for two seasons of the live-action series, with each season clocking in at 10 episodes apiece. The series had originally been planned for the CW, but now Netflix has committed to a 20-episode season of show. Netflix's interest in Sabrina is not surprising. The Chiling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series features brief appearances by Archie characters like Betty and Veronica, but is primarily a self-contained narrative.

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Due to the incredible success of Riverdale, CW has actively searched for Sabrina for some time now.

Moving Sabrina from the CW to Netflix makes sense, since Riverdale's viewership quadrupled in its second season after the first season dropped on the streaming platform. This'll be a coming of age tale dealing with horror and the occult as Sabrina must contend with being half-human and half-witch. Filming on the first batch of episodes is slated to begin in February. THR says the CW and Warner Bros. As we've seen, Netflix is also willing to spend plenty of money on shows - which could mean a noticeable bump up in quality for the show.

One thing is for sure: it seems, based on the description, this version of the classic character will be a total departure from the 1996 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch comedy series starring Melissa Joan Hart. A premiere date for the overall series, along with a rollout plan for the show, has yet to be revealed by Netflix.

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