New Details Revealed on The Witcher series
Netflix’ next big fantasy series The Witcher has gotten fans excited since its announcement. Adapted from the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, these novels first became a video game and now, it gets a big break on television.
Since, new details have been released by Lauren S. Hissrich, writer and executive producer of the project. These are sure to fuel the rumor mill.
To begin, the show will be comprised of 8 episodes. While this might sound quite meagre for such a rich and detailed story, Hissrich comments that “The episodes can be tight, action-packed, rich in character and story, without lagging in the middle of the season.” This makes sense because after all, the Witcher games being an open-world RPG, players could spend hours doing miscellaneous tasks and ignoring the main quest. The TV series will obviously not use that approach, instead condensing the story in a very dynamic and exhilarating pace.
Also, the filming will take place in Eastern Europe. No surprise there since Sapkowski is Polish and it seems fitting. Hissrich even says “This show couldn’t exist anyplace else.” Again, it feels like the right call since the Witcher lore has always featured creatures from the Slavic mythology.
Moreover, Hissrich said she has only written the pilot so far and that new writers would join her soon. Quality over speed, as she states.
With all that said, when can we expect to see the show on our small screens? Around 2020 seems like the current estimation. Fans will have to exert patience to finally have their favourite white-haired monster slayer come to life.
As to who will play Geralt, your guess is as good as mine! Some speculations have been going around, such as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones). Other characters like Yennefer, Triss Merigold, Ciri, Roach and Jaskier (Dandelion in the games) have been confirmed by Hissrich in February.
Who would you cast to play them?
Did you know?
A Witcher TV series of 13 episodes had already been made in 2001 called The Hexer. It featured actor Michał Żebrowski and was shot in Polish only. It is one thing for fans to be indifferent but for the author of the series himself to feel negatively about it? … Oops.