On May 17, 2017 Netflix announced that they will do a “Drama Series” about Polish Author Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy franchise. They are currently in early devolping stages.
Polish Author Andrzej Sapkowski who wrote the Witcher Saga is involved as creative consultant. As he was not involved in the games, it is to be expected that the Netflix show will be based on the book series and not on the three games. What exactly is input into the show is, is not currently known.
Executive Producers will be Sean Daniel who is most-famous for producing the “Mummy”-Franchise as well as the remake of “Ben Hur” in recent years, as well as Jason Brown who is an executive producer on the SciFi-show “The Expanse”.
Oscar-nominated Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko of the Polish production and visual effects company will be producers. Baginski also created cinematics for the “Witcher”-games.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will adapt the “Witcher”-saga for Netflix. She is mostly known for her work on shows such like “The Defenders”, “Daredevil” and “The West Wing”.
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich promised on Twitter “There will be no watering down” when she posted some photos of her studying maps of the world of the “Witcher”. Currently she is writing the first season.
The show’s synopsis on Netflix says: “The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.
In April showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich met with author Andrzej Sapkowski in Poland. She said on Twitter that Sapkowski liked her version of the books.
Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich released more news on the show: It will be shot in Central and Eastern Europe. Season 1 will consist of 8 episodes. They will start shooting at the end of 2018. The show will be released winter 2019 at the earliest.
The episodes of the show will be roughly an hour long, Lauren Hissrich tweeted.
Lauren S. Hissrich revealed that Dandelion will be named “Jaskier” like in the original Polish novels.
Alik Sakharov has been confirmed to direct 4 episodes of the show including the pilot. He’s famous for his work for TV shows such as Rome or Game of Thrones.
Alex Garcia Lopez (Luke Cage, Daredevil, The Exorcist) as well as Charlotte Brändström (Outlander, Madame Secretary, Colony) will both be directing 2 episodes each.
Henry Cavill (Superman, Mission Impossible 6, The Tudors) will play the witcher Geralt of Rivia:
This confirms that the following short stories will appear in the show in some shape or form: “The Lesser Evil”, “The Edge of the World”, “A Shard of Ice”. Rumors have it that they will also do “Sword of Destiny” and “Something More” – but this is necessary for Ciri’s storyline.
The script for the final episode 8 of the first season was finished by showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich on September 22nd. The writing for season 1 is now officially done!
Lots of new characters have been cast! Among them are Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), Ciri (Freya Allan) and Calanthe (Jodhi May). Click here to read more.
The first short teaser with Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia was posted:
Several new characters were cast, among them Joey Batey as Jaskier/Dandelion and Anna Shaffer as Triss Merigold. Click here to see even more characters that were cast (e.g. Cahir, Stregobor or Istredd).
After finishing the filming in Hungary the crew will move to the Canary Islands, Spain in March.
Even more characters were cast. The cast grows bigger and bigger! Have a look.
So, the next months are going to be exciting!