Netflix's Witcher TV Show Hits Another Milestone

The show's writer has finished the pilot episode.

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The upcoming Netflix show based on The Witcher is making progress. Writer Lauren S. Hissrich has finished a draft of the script for the pilot, she announced on Twitter this weekend.

"The Witcher pilot is out for notes, and I'm out for the weekend to spend some time with my kids," Hissirch wrote. "See you bright and early on Monday!"

Hissrich also wrote for Netflix Marvel shows The Defenders and Daredevil, as well as the political TV show The West Wing. In December, it was announced that Hissrich had been hired to work on The Witcher show.

Hissrich is also serving as the Witcher 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. We also don't know when the show will arrive.

Officially announced in May 2017, the Netflix Witcher show is based on the eight-part novel series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, instead of the games from developer CD Projekt Red. 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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Witcher this, witcher that. I tell you, I need to blacklist that phrase in my browser so I can't see anything about it til the show or the next game comes. At this rate, it'll be the next game....

And yeah, Mads would be wonderful. Just sayin.

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Mads Mikkelsen for Geralt

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Zach McGowan as Geralt!!!

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@ahaire86: https://youtu.be/C2_YQodu8Do

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@ahaire86: Josh Holloway has been cast to play Geralt

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@tibua: not a bad choice. He was great in Colony.

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Defenders? I am worried, that show was crap and daredevil was too slow. Bring the person who did the Punisher or Altered Carbon.

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We want a black woman transgender gay/lesbo geralt please :D

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If it's anything like castlevania (but no so short).. I'll be awesome

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I can think of a few people who would make a great Geralt it'll be a damn shame if they don't get Eva Green for Yennefer. She's just too perfect for the role to not cast her. For Geralt I'd prefer Zach McGowan but I could see Anson Mount being great in the role too.

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It will probably be shit.... but I don't care. I'll watch the **** outta of it.

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Black Geralt, also woman

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Oh good i can't wait for the Witcher to be butchered and warped to include modern identity politics, walls, and the refugee crisis...

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@spr1ggan87: Honestly, yeah them possibly inserting identity politics is worrisome, but i'm more worried that the show will be completely neutered and PG-13.

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@spr1ggan87: Man I hope not because I am excited for this show, I would be very pissed if they used it to fuel agendas.

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@hardcoregamer1: Just look at who's in charge of the project and script.

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@spr1ggan87: Yeah, this is not inspiring confidence. I thought the original author is involved with the show? I'm sure he would not let it be butchered with modern day politics, and US politics too boot. Being that this is a Eastern European folk lore, I would hope that US politics has no place in the story.

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I hope this ends up being good.

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honestly I'll care when the 1st season is complete. Otherwise this might as well be coming out a hundred years from now.

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2019 is the approx release date, I hope!

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Hopefully this will feature better writing than...The Defenders.

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I was super worried about who was gonna play geralt... but I am... content

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@nibbin1191: Jamie from Game of Thrones is. http://www.imdb.com/list/ls069411772/

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@nibbin1191: i know thats exactly what i though, I don't understand why they have letho

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@nibbin1191: I don't think they've disclosed that information yet. That user account is probably delirious. Or, perhaps, he's playing Geralt and that's why he's content. Although I doubt someone with that generic username could manage to survive the Trial of the Grasses, but you know, never judge a book... . More merit to the old adage.

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@asnakeneverdies: uhh... it took a quick google search my dude...

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@connorman01: Well, Slimjim6312 does seem legit. Apologies, my good man.

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@asnakeneverdies: They should use actor Anson mount who plays Cullen bohannon in Hell on Wheels.

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I am going to watch the shit out of this

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Based on the novels? That's awesome for the people who only played the games then as the books take place before the first Witcher game, reading the books first really enriched the games for me as i knew the characters and their backstories etc.

Really hope they cast the right people.

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@pasullica: Dunno about afro Gerald, but he has a headband in the book. And you're not particularly far from describing the book Ciri.

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