Sabrina the Teenage Witch

The first episode of any Netflix series sets the tone, whether you’re watching nightly, weekly, or binging the entire series in a day (get ready for that judgemental “are you STILL watching this?” message, spelled with a silent “don’t you have a life?”). The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is no different. First and foremost, trying to distance itself from the cheesy Teenage Witch version from the late 90s to the early aughts, Sabrina comes out swinging and doesn’t pull its punches. But is it enough to keep the entire first episode strong and set up watchers with enough stamina to last the series? Warning! Small spoilers ahead!


Excited Chills For The Chilling Adventure Of Sabrina

Reboots and remakes have become exceptionally bountiful in the past few years, and that has been particularly true for film and tv. The most successful of the lot, however, have historically been reborn kids’ shows. For example, the recently ended TMNT cartoon was heavily praised, the recent Voltron, Ducktales, and She-Ra remakes have been hits, and trailers/rumors for reboots of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Teen Titans have been very well-received.

Teen/Young Adult stories have been getting more buzz in their remakes, though, as of late. With the success of Riverdale, properties like The Heathers and Charmed are getting new updates for the modern teen. The one that’s caused the most talk, however, is the dark remake of Sabrina Spellman’s teenage life: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Created in the 1960’s, Sabrina The Teenage Witch was originally nothing more than a one-shot in an issue of Archie comics, but has since then spawned into franchise hit. After three incarnations as an animated series, a seven year live action show – starring the still spankable Melissa Joan Hart – and two TV movies, the witch is back! Only with one subtle difference…

According to Deadline, Sabrina The Teenage Witch will be rebooted to the big screen as a magic-casting superhero! Under the direction of Sony Pictures, this updated tale is going to be a spin on the classic Spider-Man tale with the young Sabrina Spellman coming to terms with her blossoming powers. Odds are they be setting this in high school too, nothing says “dramatic action” than learning you’re a witch in the middle of prom, cheerleader practice or whatever teenagers do between texting.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins director Mark Waters is in talks to direct the Sony Pictures reboot, with Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari writing the script and Real Steel producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford as producers. No actresses are currently being eyed to star as Sabrina, although rumor is they plan on going with an unknown talent.

What do you think of Sony making a reboot? Any ideas on just who should star as Sabrina? Let’s here your predictions.

Source: Comic Book Movie

I’m sure y’all remember Sabrina The Teenage Witch! You can still find it on TV occasionally, around those times where nobody really bothers to watch TV.

Archie Comics and Moonscoop Entertainment will be partnering up to create a computer animated version of Sabrina The Teenage Witch, set to hit networks by October of 2012.

Here’s what the LA Times had to say about it:

This is the first new animation for Sabrina in almost 10 years,” says [Archie CEO Jon Goldwater]. “It’s a combination of ‘Twilight’ meets ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’… she’s more modern.

Story wise, the project aims to be more action-oriented than previous incarnations like ABC’s short-lived Saturday morning “Sabrina: the Animated Series” (1999-2000) or the sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart that ran from 1996-2003 on both ABC and then the WB network.

“It’s a little more dealing in the supernatural realm,” Goldwater says.

Even Salem, the magical cat, will be re-imagined – he’s a tad more naughty this time around.

…“With Harry Potter coming to an end, we wanted to fill that void,” says MoonScoop CEO Mike Young. “She’s a teenage girl with superpowers for god’s sake. So Sabrina fits perfectly.”

Ignore the name dropping; it’ll make you rage, especially because Twilight and Buffy are in the same sentence. Also ignore the fact that there’s no real relation between Sabrina, Twilight, Buffy and Harry Potter except that the latter three were huge cult phenomena.

Honestly, I think they could do better.

Source: The Mary Sue

DVD Tuesday 7/27/10


It’s the last Tuesday for the month of July and like always, we here at NerdBastards is here to help ya out with DVD Tuesday. We list out what was released for the week and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS. Like always we have the Old is New section (loaded with a lot of movies this week) and the TV Show DVD section. We also got another Anime Pick and the return of the LOL Release, which is now slightly modify to the new LOL/WTF Release of the Week. Check after the jump to see what came out and see if there is something you want.