The Witcher to be developed for Netflix by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is set to develop The Witcher stories as a series for Netflix, according to Variety. The Witcher stories first appeared in the Polish science-fiction magazine Fantastyka from author Andrzej Sapkowski in the 1980s. The first of the books was published in 1993 and there are eight books in the series. Video game fans know The Witcher games franchise and it’s been turned into a comic book series, a tabletop game and a television series in Poland.
The first book in the series is Blood of Elves, which is described on Amazon as follows: “For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world – for good, or for evil. As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all – and the Witcher never accepts defeat.”
Schmidt Hissrich will serve as executive producer and showrunner for The Witcher. She’s known for her work (writing and co-executive producing) on The Defenders, Daredevil and Power. Sean Daniel is set to executive produce under the Sean Daniel Company with his partner Jason Brown. Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko of Platige Image will executive produce as well. The most recent novel in the series is 2013’s Season of Storms.
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