Do We Need Another Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

With the news of a Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot coming soon, Lena Sheikh explores what the dark and twisted show could bring to our screens

27th February 2018
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Based on the comic book, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sabrina Spellman is back in a Netflix reboot airing in late 2018. However, there’s a dark twist you won’t expect.

If you’re a fan of the comics, you’ll know that 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' is a far cry from the bubbly Melissa Joan-Hart version that we all know and love. The reboot is dark and twisted, set in a world of witchcraft and satanic rituals.

While I was sceptical at first, the edgy makeover makes for a nice change from the many reboots that have come back to our screens, only to disappoint. It’s easy to get caught up in the sentimentalism of our favourite childhood series, but I think it’s time we let go of our 90’s nostalgia and embrace something new.

The reboot is dark and twisted, set in a world of witchcraft and satanic rituals

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will star Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper from Mad Men) as the lead role, embodying the half-witch, half-human Sabrina Spellman from the comics as she navigates life as a high school student whilst struggling to control the dark side of her magic. Other cast members include Lucy Davis (Dawn on The Office UK) as the familiar Aunt Hilda and a new face, Michelle Gomez (Missy on Doctor Who) who is set to play a malicious teacher that attempts to lure Sabrina into evil.

And yes. Salem the cat will be back, but he’s going from sarcastic to sinister in the reboot.

As much as I love the old Sabrina with all her quirks and hilarious comedy, a reboot of the 1996 version wouldn’t stand a chance in this decade where mystery drama reigns. With a promising cast, concept and the same creative team as Riverdale behind production, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina might actually have a chance at success.



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