‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch’ Is Getting an Edgier Reboot
Proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that every pop-culture crumb from our fading childhoods can and will be mined for blockbuster features, Sony announced plans for an edgier ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ reboot.
Slow down, Melissa Joan Hart groupies. It sounds like Sony wants to go back to the magical characters roots in the Archie Comics instead of the long-running sitcom that Hart toplined in 1999, according to Deadline. The report says Sabrina will be a live-action origin story that explores a teenage girl coming to terms with her abnormal powers. Comparisons are being made to 'The Amazing Spider-Man' (which also is set up at Sony).
“We mentioned it in a meeting to Amy Pascal who chimed in ‘I’m the little witch girl,’” said producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford, who teamed on ‘Real Steel.’ “From then on we knew it was the right home.”
The report goes on to say that Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have been tapped to write a Sabrina script, while ‘Mean Girls’ director Mark Waters - who was part of the idea pitch - might stay on to helm this project if it can be fit into his schedule. They would like the tone of this new story to be darker, though the report confirms that Sabrina’s trademark black cat, Salem, will be around (and transformed into a prince for potential love angles).
The next step is finding a new Sabrina for the next generation. Any suggestions?