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'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch' Gets a Superhero Spin

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Awesome magic powers? Check. Snarky talking sidekick? Check. Crazy origin story? Check, check and check!

But, wait. This new big screen superhero is actually a superheroine ... and her magical powers lie in an entirely different realm than, say, Batman or Spider-Man. Our favorite teen witch Sabrina Spellman, of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" fame, and her black cat Salem are getting their very own live action film that will tell the story of how Sabrina got her supernatural skills.

For the uninitiated, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" was a funny and kinda goofy TV show starring Melissa Joan Hart. Salem (the cat) always had some wisenheimer remark on hand (or paw, as the case may be).

Sabrina herself got her start in the wholesome Archie Comics in the '60s. Her latest manifestation, however, will have a little more bite to it. Deadline reports that Salem will actually be "a transformed prince creating unique love stories for Sabrina."

Hmmm ... Although Sabrina always had a variety of boyfriends and crushes, making her BFF a prince is just kind of, well, lame. In the series, Salem was a witch himself who was sent to live with Sabrina and her aunts for very naughty behavior. At one point, there was a comic series about Salem before he was turned into a cat, but that shorted out. But a prince? We think not.

"Sabrina" is being developed at Sony Pictures, whose co-chairman Amy Pascal is one of the most powerful people in Hollywood.  Mark Waters might direct, and that could be very cool; Waters directed "Mean Girls" and the Parker Posey indie "The House of Yes," as well as fluffier rom-coms like "Just Like Heaven" and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past." The script is being written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who have written two scripts together that are in one phase of development or another. However, this team is pretty dude-heavy, which makes one wonder what the property would look like in the hands of someone who grew up as a wanna-be teen witch herself.

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