Netflix's Witcher Show Brings On Marvel Writer

The show is based on the novel series, not the games.


A Witcher TV show is headed to Netflix, and now it has reportedly found a writer. Variety reports today that Lauren Schmidt Hissrich--who wrote for the Marvel TV shows The Defenders and Daredevil, as well as the political drama The West Wing--has joined the Witcher TV show as its writer. This has yet to be officially confirmed, however.

Hissrich is also serving as the program's showrunner and executive producer, according to Variety. As of yet, there is no word on who will play main character Geralt or any of the other principal characters.

Officially announced in May, the Netflix Witcher show is based on the eight-part novel series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, instead of the games. Sapkowski will be working on the English language drama series as a creative consultant.

Netflix is working with Polish company Platige Films on the show. You may not know them by name, but you're probably familiar with its work. The company produced the stunning Witcher 3 trailer called "The Trail" and also created cinematics for Halo 5: Guardians, among a long list of other projects.

A Polish TV series based on The Witcher aired in 2002, but that has been the only adaptation of the franchise for TV so far. A Witcher movie with some big-name talent behind it was was announced for 2017, but that never happened.

As for the Witcher game series, the newest instalment was 2015's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. No new projects in the series have been announced, and developer CD Projekt Red is now working on the much-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077.

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