Sabrina the Teenage Witch will materialize on the big screen in a live-action film from Sony Pictures that reimagines the 50-year-old Archie Comics character as a young girl coming to terms with her powers. Deadline characterizes the “superhero makeover” as “an origin story in the vein of Spider-Man.
Created by George Gladir and artist Dan DeCarlo, the precocious Sabrina debuted in 1962 as the daughter of a mortal and warlock who lives with her witch aunts Hilda and Zelda and pet Salem Saberhagen, a warlock-turned-cat with an eye toward world domination. The property made the leap from comics to animation in 1970 with a CBS series before making the transition to live-action television in 1996 with a popular sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart. The character also appeared in Sabrina: The Animated Series in 1999 and the spinoff Sabrina’s Secret Life in 2003. Archie and MoonScope Entertainment announced in September that they’re developing a new Sabrina cartoon described as “a combination of Twilight meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
According to Deadline, the “edgier” script by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Die in a Gunfight) recasts the talking cat Salem as a transformed prince, setting up a love story.
Don Murphy and Susan Montford (Real Steel) are producing. Mean Girls director Mark Waters, who worked on the presentation to Sony, could helm the project if his scheduling permits. Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater will serve as executive producer.