While Sabrina the Teenage Witch fans are still left waiting for a premiere date, Netflix has released the first official poster for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa‘s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (which you can see above). The poster’s artwork does a stunning job of showing the bond that exists between the series’ titular witch (Kiernan Shipka) and her familiar Salem (voice actor not yet announced) – so much so that Aguirre-Sacasa couldn’t wait to share it with fans on social media:
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) July 10, 2018
Billed as a spin-off of the CW’s popular reimagining of the Archie universe Riverdale (though what connection if any the two series may have has yet to be determined), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tells the real story behind the teenage witch’s occult origins. Sabrina’s dark coming-of-age story has her confronting horror, the occult, and witchcraft; and sees Sabrina struggle to reconcile her dual nature of being half-witch and half-mortal while trying to protect her family – and the world – from the forces of evil.
With a pilot script (‘October Country’) written by Aguirre-Sacasa and Arrow‘s Greg Berlanti serving as executive producer, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina received a straight-to-series order from Netflix; with the streaming service securing the deal with a minimum commitment for 20 episodes over two seasons. Here are two earlier looks at the series, courtesy once again of Aguirre-Sacasa; as well as an overview of what viewers can expect:
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) April 4, 2018
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) February 9, 2018
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 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.
Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto, Richard Coyle, Bronson Pinchot, Tati Gabrielle, Abigail Cowen, Adeline Rudolph & Justin Dobies star in the upcoming Netflix series.
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