Netflix’s Witcher series could premiere in 2020, writer reveals
Netflix‘s adaptation of The Witcher book series has been in development since May of last year, and while things continue to chug along for the epic fantasy series, we may finally know when to expect it. Executive producer/writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has taken to Twitter to confirm a few more details on the series and among them is the potential premiere window of 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 writes.
Hissrich also confirmed that the first season of the series will be just eight episodes long and that the series will be shooting in Eastern Europe.
“I know, I know, it may not seem like enough for you, but creatively, it’s the right call,” Hissrich says of the episode count. “The episodes can be tight, action-packed, rich in character and story, without lagging in the middle of the season.”
The Witcher series for Netflix will be based on the stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, of which there are eight, which themselves formulated the popular Witcher games franchise which has since spawned a comic book series and a tabletop game. The book series was previously adapted for television in Poland.
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.