The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina reveals the title of its series premiere as "October Country." Originally being developed at The CW, the project made the jump to Netflix. Despite the network change, the creative force behind the 20-episode, two-season series remains the same. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater are executive producing alongside the show and Riverdale creator, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Introducing Kiernan Shipka as the titular role, who is half witch and half mortal, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will mine narrative from the Archie Comics centering on the character who struggles coming to terms of being a dual creature. However, fans of the famous '90s small screen adaptation, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, should not expect anything similar to the lighthearted show. Instead, the contemporary re-telling will be much darker and is said to resemble classic horror movies like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist in tone.
The news is courtesy of Archie Comics' official Twitter account, which tweeted a photo of the show's series premiere script cover where it clearly reveals "October Country" as the title of its first episode. Written by Aguirre-Sacasa, the offering will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger who directed four outings of Riverdale‘s first season. Fans quickly flocked the post to express their excitement that the project is finally inching towards filming.
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) January 24, 2018
Aside from the title, the snap also implies that the series is on-schedule regarding its February production start. While it has not been confirmed yet for a specific release date, with the way things are going, the show could be ready to drop sometime this October, a perfect time to introduce another Archie Comics adaptation to the masses while Riverdale goes into its midseason hiatus, on top of being a cheeky nod to the primer's episode. Considering that it will available for bingeing on Netflix, fans of the budding franchise can finish it just before the flagship project returns for its regular programming on The CW. Despite not really up for a crossover anytime soon, this set-up could help both shows attract viewership.
With just a few weeks before pre-production wraps up and principal photography kicks off in Canada, we expect that more news about the show will trickle in the days to come, particularly in the casting department. As of now, the series has yet to announce any other actors that would play supporting roles aside from Shipka, although character descriptions for some of the characters have already been released last month. We presume Aguirre-Sacasa and his team are busy screening potential thespians that could join the show with confirmation coming in groups instead of individual announcements.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TV series premieres on Netflix this year.