The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, for those who have read the comic, is not going to be like the campy Sabrina the Teenage Witch of the 90s. In the comic, there’s possession, body horror, demons, and enough madness for a Gothic novel.
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also pens Afterlife with Archie and helped develop Riverdale, it’s no surprise the show is sticking to its horror roots. Although I don’t think Betty and Veronica are going to summon a naked demon lady (yes that happened in the comic).
Aguirre-Sacasa will write the pilot for the show which, again, makes sense. On Twitter today, he gave us a glimpse at the first page of the script. I will give him credit though, this is the perfect project for October.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) October 3, 2017
Now you have to magnify to read the page, but we can glean some info from it. For example, long-time Sabrina love interest Harvey Kinkle and Sabrina are clearly a couple in the script. Harvey is described as Sabrina’s boyfriend and hunky.
In these opening pages, Sabrina takes said boyfriend to the grove of trees where she was born. Like you do on a typical date night. Apparently, it’s also where she’s going to be reborn as well.
As she says to Harvey, “I… wanted you to see where I was born, Harvey. Not in Greendale General, like it says on my birth certificate. Here. In this grove of trees. Almost sixteen years ago. … And, uhm, where I’ll be reborn this Saturday night. On my birthday. At the stroke of midnight. In the middle of a — a penumbral lunar eclipse. The kind that only happens once every sixty-six years. … That’s why I can’t go to Rosalind’s Halloween party this weekend.”
Wow. Clearly, this version of Sabrina is not going to keep her magic a secret. At least, she’s not going to do so for Harvey.
It’s hard to say how this series will diverge from the comic. The series is described as a companion to Riverdale, so I’m assuming it will take place in the modern day. (The comic takes place in the 50s/60s.)
The show will focus on “Sabrina battling evil forces while coming to terms with her identity as half-witch and half-mortal.” It depends how the handle the battling aspect. So I guess we’ll need to see the pilot in full to get a sense of what to expect.
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