Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has confirmed that the upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV series is titled Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. In addition to overseeing Chilling Adventures and serving as Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Aquirre-Sacasa is the showrunner on The CW's Archie comic book TV show, Riverdale. Chilling Adventures was originally set to air alongside Riverdale on The CW before Netflix picked up the series for two 10-episode seasons late last year.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic books were created by Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack in 2014. A spinoff of the Afterlife with Archie comics, Chilling Adventures doesn't take place in the same universe as that horror-themed Archie run (though there do appear to be some connections between the two). The series instead takes place in the 1960s and follows Sabrina as she not only battles her inner demons, but also the dark forces around her that threaten the very world of the living, her friends and family included.
Netflix's Sabrina series has long been referred to in reports as Chilling Adventures of Sabrina after the comics. However, it wasn't clear until now whether or not the TV show would actually carry that title over, or be called something else Sabrina-related. Aguirre-Sacasa has now taken to Twitter to confirm the Chilling Adventures title and included a photo of Sabrina herself, Kieran Shipka, sitting in her official chair on the show's set. Take a look, below:
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) May 2, 2018
While the title is now official, Aguirre-Sacasa has yet to confirm if the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TV series will keep its source material's 1960s setting too. Photos from the Chilling Adventures set show Sabrina and her peers - including her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch) - wearing clothes that appear to be modern, suggesting the series will take place in the present-day. Then again, it's possible Chilling Adventures takes place in a highly stylized version of the '60s, similar to Riverdale's stylized vision of the modern world. Shipka made her mark playing Sally Draper in AMC's '60s-set hit Mad Men, so she should be comfortable in either TV setting.
The same goes for the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina supporting cast, which is pretty impressive just on its own. Chilling Adventures' ensemble includes Jaz Sinclair (Paper Towns) as Sabrina Spellman's BFF Rosalind Walker, Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) as Sabrina's Aunt Hilda, Miranda Otto (Homeland) as Sabrina's Aunt Zelda, and Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who) as Sabrina's treacherous teacher, Mary Wardell. With that cast and Aguirre-Sacasa at the helm, Chilling Adventures should make for a deliciously supernatural spin on Riverdale's brand of pulpy teen soap opera madness.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premieres sometime in 2018 on Netflix.
Source: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa