Last year, it was announced that a Netflix adaptation of The Witcher series is in the works. Little detail was given at the time, but recently show writer Lauren S Hissrich (who has written for Netflix’s Daredevil and The Defenders) shed some light on the upcoming series.
Following a Netflix event in Rome, Hissrich took to Twitter to reveal this information.
As of now, the upcoming Witcher series will have an eight-episode first season, is likely to air in 2020, and will be filmed in Eastern Europe to maintain the original Polish novel’s aesthetic.
Hissrich says that the first season will consist of eight episodes and that this is best for its creative direction. “Yes! I know, I know, [eight episodes] may not seem like enough for you, but creatively, it’s the right call,” Hissrich says on Twitter, “The episodes can be tight, action-packed, rich in character and story, without lagging in the middle of the season.”
Happy Friday! So much information coming out of the @netflix event in Rome. I'm told by my friends and colleagues that the level of excitement and anticipation for #Witcher was crazy! Let's sort through it…
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) April 20, 2018
She also confirmed that the pilot episode has been written but will be polished before they cast and shoot it. There are no clues as to who the actors might be yet, but Hissrich teased that she has “some dream casting happening.”
Secondly, she hints that 2020 is the year that the series could premiere, though it still sounds like a big maybe. “2020. Who knows?! We’re moving quickly ahead with everything — like, my head is spinning around Exorcist-style, except with enthusiasm, not evil possession — but one thing is certain: quality comes before speed. You’ll get it as soon as humanly possible, and it’ll be good.”
She says that the script needs to be polished and that it isn’t fully written. The pilot has been written, but the team has not yet done casting or shooting. New writers will soon be joining the staff to help Hissrich bring the series to life. When shooting begins, it’ll occur in Eastern Europe. “This show couldn’t exist any place else. Period.” she says.
Keep your eyes on the Mammoth Gamers for further developments.