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Written by Charlotte Brown   // April 12, 2012   //

Um, who else knew that the concept of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” came from the Archie comics in the 60s? Maybe that’s just me. Anyway, you probably associate Sabrina with actress Melissa Joan Hart (have you ever noticed how all those 90s actresses had three names?) who starred in the originally ABC Network show for seven seasons–the last three aired on the WB–from the mid 90s to early 2000s (prime television years, in my opinion).


Now there are plans to revamp the show into a new movie, with Sabrina’s character being a little less bubbly blonde and a little more kick-ass witch. But don’t worry; they plan on keeping the talking black cat, Salem.


According to firstshowing.net, producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford (Real Steel) have persuaded Sony to pick up the film, with help from “Mean Girls” director Mark Waters, who consequently will probably end up directing the “Sabrina” remake.


The remake will focus on the classic young-girl-finds-out-she-has-superpowers-and-has-to-deal story (*cough* Buffy *cough*) and with all remakes, we’ll just have to hold our breaths and see how it turns out.



FUN PRODUCTIONS FACTS: The unofficial pilot of the series was the 1996 TV movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The movie, produced by Viacom and Hartbreak Films and aired on Showtime, starred Melissa Joan Hart as the title character, Sabrina Sawyer, and Charlene Fernetz and Sherry Milleras Sabrina’s aunts Zelda and Hilda respectively. When the television series debuted on ABC later that year, Hart became Sabrina Spellman (the character’s original last name in the comics), and Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick replaced Fernetz and Miller. In 2000, the show was dropped by ABC and picked up by The WB. When viewership began to wane, the show was canceled after seven seasons. The television series was produced by Hartbreak Films, Viacom Productions and Paramount Network Television, later it was syndicated through Paramount Domestic Television on reruns.

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