Netflix’s The Witcher adaptation to hit in late 2019

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In an investor call yesterday, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that the streaming service’s highly-anticipated adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher novels would be coming earlier than expected.

Deadline reports that the eight-episode show which sees Superman’s Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia will hit the platform in the last three months of this year. The show is written, executive produced and run by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and will focus on “The Witcher, Geralt, a mutated monster hunter,” as he “struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.”

According to Variety, Sarandos says the show is “a big new original series that we’re currently shooting in Hungary called The Witcher, that is an enormous European IP, very popular game and Book IP, that we think is going to make a really fun global series.”

The show will also feature favourites like Ciri (Freya Allan), Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Triss (Anna Shaffer), along with other characters from the novels. It’s based on the books and not the games, so will inevitably be picked apart by those who’ve only played CD Projekt RED’s games, upset that the characters don’t look or act like the canon they’ve built up in their heads. I can’t wait for those heads to explode.

Unlike the games, which Sapkowski grumbles about all the time, this show has his blessing, and he’ll serve as one of the show’s producers.

“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” he said in 2017 when the show was announced. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

Last Updated: April 18, 2019

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