Krypton Radio Newswire

Melissa Joan Hart starred as Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the popular ABC TV series in the '90's.

‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ is being turned into a live-action film. Writers Andrew Berrer and Gabriel Ferrari have written  a screenplay for Sony Pictures for the big screen debut of the good natured witch from the The TV series – which featured Melissa Joan Hart as a young witch learning about her magical powers.  This new motion picture will put a new spin on Sabrina, making her more of a magic-based superhero.

Sony seeks to give Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, originally a comic from the 1960?s Archie universe, a makeover that will see her as a teenage superhero in the same vein as Spider-Man, about a teenager coming to terms with awesome powers that they’ve been granted.   Producers attached to the project include Don Murphy and Susan Montford, who worked on the Hugh Jackman fim Real Steel.

The character of Sabrina originally came from a spin-off of Archie Comics in the 1960’s, which gained enough popularity to be turned into two animated series, and then finally a sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart on ABC Television Network.  Archie Comics’ Jon Goldwater will act as executive producer for the film – but executive producer is one of those party favor titles that are handed out in Hollywood as a bargaining chip.  It probably had something to do with the rights acquisition deal Sony had to cut with Archie Comics.  It was director Mark Waters, who previously directed Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls, who made the initial pitch to Sony and convinced them to do the project.

The film will retain Sabrina’s familiar, a black cat named Salem – but the film version will have him not as comedy relief (comedy relief in a sitcom, there’s a whole separate topic right there). Instead, he will be given a backstory involving his transformation from a prince who will set up “unique love stories for Sabrina.”  There is no word yet on other plans for casting, and the reader is cautioned that just because there’s a script written doesn’t mean for certain that it will actually go before the lens.  There’s no budget for this thing yet.

No actress has yet been identified for the role of Sabrina, and it is not known if Melissa will have any part in the motion picture.

The Melissa Joan Hart sitcom ran for seven seasons, from 1996 to 2003, when it was axed after waning viewing figures.

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