‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Set To Return to Movies with a Super-Hero Influence
On the off chance that you're of the rare mindset that there just aren't enough magical teens in movies these days, take heart: As reported by Deadline, Sony Pictures has struck a deal with Archie Comics to bring Sabrina the Teenage Witch to the movies. And it seems that for this incarnation, they're going for "an origin story in the vein of Spider-Man."It's not really surprising that Archie would choose Sabrina to helm their return to film. Since being created in 1962 by George Gladir and the legendary Dan DeCarlo, Sabrina has arguably been Archie's most successful character outside of comics. She's been featured in two animated series and a live-action show that ran seven seasons, handily proving that there's nothing kids like more than good ol' fashioned witchcraft.
The super-heroic aspect of the movie, while unexpected, isn't too shocking. I've mentioned before that I'm a huge fan of Tania Del Rio's incredible four-year run on the title, which took Sabrina in a direction that was far more Hogwarts than Riverdale. I'm pretty sure there was even a story in there where she learned a lesson about great power and the responsibilities that go along with it, so the Spider-Man metaphor makes a lot of sense, especially with The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises being all the rage in Hollywood.
Even the concept art for an upcoming animated series that was announced last September has Sabrina rocking a cape and a decidedly super-heroic aspect:
As for what Sony's project means for the new Sabrina animated series -- announced to make its debut later this year -- that's still up in the air. On a magic techno-broomstick.
It's also worth noting that there are some pretty interesting people involved. It's set to be produced by the people who brought you Real Steel, a gripping portrait of the future in which human boxing is dead and Wolverine had to teach a robot how to fight. And it's being written Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who are listed as previously writing a film called "Die in a Gunfight."
Now that is a pretty surprising move for Sabrina.
Either way, I'm pretty excited about it. Even though I'm pretty sure that the Riverdale and Back Again TV movie was bad enough to actually violate the Geneva conventions, Josie and the Pussycats was seriously one of the best comic book movies ever made.