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Sony Conjures Archie’s Sabrina For Live-Action Superhero Movie

Sabrina the Teenage Witch will materialize on the big screen in a live-action film from Sony Pictures that reimagines the 50-year-old Archie Comics character as a young girl coming to terms with her powers. Deadline characterizes the “superhero makeover” as “an origin story in the vein of Spider-Man.

Created by George Gladir and artist Dan DeCarlo, the precocious Sabrina debuted in 1962 as the daughter of a mortal and warlock who lives with her witch aunts Hilda and Zelda and pet Salem Saberhagen, a warlock-turned-cat with an eye toward world domination. The property made the leap from comics to animation in 1970 with a CBS series before making the transition to live-action television in 1996 with a popular sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart. The character also appeared in Sabrina: The Animated Series in 1999 and the spinoff Sabrina’s Secret Life in 2003. Archie and MoonScope Entertainment announced in September that they’re developing a new Sabrina cartoon described as “a combination of Twilight meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

According to Deadline, the “edgier” script by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Die in a Gunfight) recasts the talking cat Salem as a transformed prince, setting up a love story.

Don Murphy and Susan Montford (Real Steel) are producing. Mean Girls director Mark Waters, who worked on the presentation to Sony, could helm the project if his scheduling permits. Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater will serve as executive producer.


  • Bill Walko

    They really, really had me until “Twilight” and “Salem as transformed prince.”

  • Anonymous

    When will studios get that nobody likes the word “edgy” or the phrase “[something] meets [something]”.

  • Michael J

    When did Sabrina the teenage witch become a superhero? I always thought that she was merely a hero like character but to use the word superhero, shouldn’t she be wearing superhero tights and maybe a mask? How did she become a superhero? Is it because Sabrina has magic powers? Does that make Harry Potter a superhero too? Or Gandolf from Lord of the Rings? They both have magic powers too.

  • Michael J

    You can even Google the word Superhero or check Wiki and the main thing all of these information pages have said is that a Superhero wears a costume.So will we see Sabrina the teenage witch wear some skin tight superhero costume or is Sony pulling our chain and once they release the first movie trailer we see her as she is in the comics? Superheroes are costume crime fighters.That’s a fact.I can’t wait to see how Sony plans to turn Sabrina into a superheroine.

  • Michael J

    I just realized that Sabrina the teenage witch is going to need a rogue gallery of super bad guys to battle.Not to mention a secret identity.A superhero’s costume helps make him or her recognizable to both the reader.Maybe she’ll go as Magic Woman and wear her superhero tights while fighting for truth and justice.

  • Daina

    WTF? Why are these changes even necessary. Sabrina’s story is light-hearted but very solid. There is no need for these ridiculous changes, especially with Salem’s character. What the hell is so wrong with Salem’s character that they had to change his character? He’s the comic relief of the story and a guide for Sabrina. The changes make no logical sense. They are about to ruin a classic cartoon and comic in bringing anything resembling to that garbage called Twilight into the series. 

  • Radam

    I was interested…until I saw the “Twilight meets Buffy” and “Salem as a transformed prince setting up a love story”. The first is an unholy union that should never come together, the second is cliche and been done to death.

  • Alex

    They need to  make it edgier and more modern. Now she’s a lesbian addicted to Crank, trying to make it as a female witch in a male-centric world.

  • Eric Rich

    Yeah… and this comes from someone who loves the characters, the show, the comics and even stomachs the crappy cartoon for Nick Bakay:  This is going to SUUUUUUUUUCCCCKKKKKK.

  • Thalia

    I miss the first 3 seasons of the sitcom, it ruled my childhood viewing.

    Salem as a prince getting it on with Sabrina grosses me out.

  • jake grey

    Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch is supposed to air this Fall on the Hub.

    But I haven’t heard A THING since May. Not a picture a tv spot, or even an official statement from the Hub or Moonscope Animation.

    If anybody knows the answer to this riddle, please post here.