“Something wicked this way comes…”
The upcoming reboot of the beloved ABC fantasy series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, has received its official title.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed on Twitter that it will be called… Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
The new take on everyone’s favourite Archie Comics witch will include familiar characters – such as Harvey and Salem – but in a brand new setting. Instead of Boston, Massachusetts, Chilling Adventures will be set in Greendale.
American actress Kiernan Shipka has been cast in the iconic role of Sabrina Spellman for Netflix’s gritty, Buffy-esque reboot, which is expected to premiere later this year/early 2019.
The 18-year-old actress has garnered critical praise in the past for her role as Sally Draper on Mad Men, and B.D. Hyman on Feud: Bette and Joan. Take a look at the first promotional photo below…
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) May 2, 2018
Sacasa said: “We’re all such huge fans of Kiernan’s work, that when we started talking about who this new incarnation of Sabrina could be, her name was on everyone’s wish list.
“This is a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina, and we’re incredibly excited for people to see Kiernan make this iconic character her own.”
Jon Goldwater – Archie Comics boss – added: “I am thrilled that Kiernan is playing Sabrina and have no doubt that she will embody the strength, courage and boldness that has made the character a fan favourite.
Not much else is known about the reboot, but we’re hoping Hilda, Zelda and the iconic Libby Chessler will return.
The most famous TV adaptation of the character – Sabrina the Teenage Witch – originally aired between 1996 to 2003 with Melissa Joan Hart in the titular role.