Stepping into the void left between seasons of Stranger Things, Netflix will be releasing a new television series from the creators of Riverdale that could be the net big thing for comic book, horror–and Stranger Things–fans.  Ten episodes of a live-action adaptation of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s fantastic macabre Archie Horror comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (we’ve talked about the comic book series a lot here at borg.com) will be arriving just in time for Halloween.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars The Legend of Korra’s Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, with some well-known genre actors: The Lord of the Rings and War of the Worlds’ Miranda Otto (Zelda), Shaun of the Dead and Wonder Woman’s Lucy Davis (Hilda), Doctor Who and Gotham’s Michelle Gomez (Mary Wardell), Beverly Hills Cop and Perfect Strangers’ Bronson Pinchot (George Hawthorne), and Prince of Persia’s Richard Coyle (Father Blackwood), with Ross Lynch (Harvey Kinkle), Chance Perdomo (Ambrose), Jaz Sinclair (Rosalind), Tati Gabrielle (Prudence), Adeline Rudolph (Agatha), Abigail Cowen (Dorcas), and Lachlan Watson (Susie).  Netflix provided a sneak peek at the new Sabrina and Salem the cat, too.

Don’t worry, it’s not a reboot of the 1990s television series.  Initially couched as two five-episode seasons, the updated news is that Netflix viewers will get all ten first-season episodes at once, and IMDb lists 20 episodes in the works total.  Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will draw from the comic book series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack, detailing the compelling and shocking re-imagining of Sabrina’s occult origins.  This dark coming-of-age story deals with horror, the occult, and witchcraft and will see Sabrina struggle to reconcile her dual nature of being half-witch and half-mortal while protecting her family and the world from the forces of evil.  We can only hope that before the wind-down of Riverdale the cast will step into at least a few crossover episodes of the equally excellent and successful parallel horror Aguirre-Sacasa series Afterlife With Archie and Jughead: The Hunger.

The new series is written by Archie Comics chief creative officer and Riverdale showrunner Aguirre-Sacasa, directed by Lee Toland Krieger, and produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Brothers Studios.  Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, Aguirre-Sacasa, and Krieger all serve as executive producers.

If you need to catch up on any of the series while you’re waiting for the new Netflix series, grab a copy of the trade editions of these great Archie Horror series from your local comic book shop or order them from Amazon at these links:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Volume 1

Afterlife With Archie, Volume 1: Escape from Riverdale

Afterlife With Archie, Volume 2: Betty R.I.P.

Jughead: The Hunger, Volume 1

The firm date for the release on Netflix of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is October 29, 2018.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

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