- Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” was almost a movie.
- Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wanted to make it into a horror movie with Jason Blum.
- But Blum ultimately passed on it.
“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” was almost not a series.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that he was trying to get the comic, which he also wrote, made into a movie from the producer of films like “Get Out” and “The Purge.”
“For a long time I was trying to get ‘Sabrina’ done as a low-budget horror movie for Jason Blum [of Blumhouse Productions], and even wrote a screenplay with a friend that strangely, though it’s very different from the show, it did center on her 16th birthday,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “Ultimately, Jason didn’t want to pursue that, and thank goodness because we’re getting to do this as a TV show, which feels right.”
Aguirre-Sacasa is also the creator of The CW’s “Riverdale,” which serves as a companion show to “Sabrina.” He also told EW Sabrina almost made her show debut on “Riverdale,” but they decided to keep the shows separate for now.
“There was even a time when we talked about the season one cliffhanger being the arrival of Sabrina,” he said. “It felt like if ‘Riverdale’ is crime and pulp and all that stuff, then ‘Sabrina’ could be horror. It felt like there was a separation between Greendale and Riverdale – magic should exist in Greendale, but not in Riverdale. That was the thought.”
Though a crossover isn’t happening now, it’s not completely off of the table.
“Riverdale” executive producer and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater told TVLine that the two shows could mix at some point.
“[I] would love it if they could figure out a way to cross over,” he said. “Going forward? You never know. Maybe.”
“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” premieres on Netflix Friday, October 26.
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