Kiernan Shipka

Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot makes new title official and shares new look at its star

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May 2, 2018

Netflix's new version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is officially going to reimagine its title.

In a tweet posted earlier today, executive producer/showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa confirmed that the show will be called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, while also sharing a photo of star Kiernan Shipka in costume:

The new title reflects both the series' source material — the Archie Comics graphic novel of the same name — but also the darker take developed by Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale) and fellow executive producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow), who are aiming for a tone more along the lines of Rosemary’s Baby rather than the 1990s sitcom that starred Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina.

As noted earlier, the show envisions Sabrina as a nexus around which numerous dark supernatural beings revolve in Riverdale. Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater told New York Comic Con late last year, "It's very much in the vein of the current comic. It's a heck of a lot darker, more dramatic, and it has tons of action and adventure."

Previous iterations of Sabrina onscreen — the 1996-2003 series starring Hart, and animated shows that ran from 1970-1974 and 1999-2000 — were squarely positioned as sitcoms, so it will be interesting to see what fans, especially of the well-known Hart show, make of a version that perhaps leans a little more into horror territory (although we doubt we're talking The Witch or Hereditary here). 

The show is expected to debut sometime later this year and also stars Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings), Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman), Ross Lynch (My Friend Dahmer), and others, including a certain cat. We know what we would like to see in the new series — what about you?