You Wanted a Female Hero: ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Gets a Powerful Origin Story From ‘Mean Girls’ Director Mark Waters

They tried to make Wonder Woman happen (but it didn’t because she’s a bizarre character with lame powers), Elektra and Cat Woman just weren’t good enough to count, but after a decade the dearth of female heroes has become apparent. That’s a problem Sony is looking back to the 60s to solve.

According to Deadline Riverdale, the studio plans to head back to the time of the sexual revolution to unearth Sabrina the Teenage Witch from the Archie Comics and from 1990s television fame. The project comes from Mark Waters (Mean Girls) who may direct depending on the timing of the whole thing, and screenwriters Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. The announcement piece likens it to Spider-Man, most likely because that’s another Sony property and because they share a thematic similarity – a young person learning to live with extraordinary powers.

No word on what tone it seeks to strike, but the comic book origins would point to tongue-in-cheek hijinks with a bit of magic tossed in to make good on the name. At any rate, this is a chance for Sony to provide the world with a female hero with mystic powers can lead a franchise. With that in mind, is there any way The Hunger Games didn’t turn the light green for them?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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