In the Spring of 2017, it was announced that Netflix had secured the rights to create a TV show based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s gritty fantasy novels The Witcher. The books shot to fame in recent years thanks to a series of very successful video game adaptations that received critical acclaim and gained a loyal fanbase. Those of you who are eager to begin watching a TV show based on The Witcher series will be pleased to learn that the first season is set to air later this year the Autumn.
As Variety reports, the show will begin in the company’s fourth quarter which is anytime between October and December. The news was revealed when Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos respoded to a question regarding the timing of the new series’ release.
“Well, definitely in the third quarter, we’ve got new episodes and new seasons of some of our most loved and most watched shows on Netflix, ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Casa de Papel,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ’13 Reasons Why,’ ‘Elite,’ which was a big hit for us right out of Spain, a new season from Ryan Murphy of ‘The Politician,’ a brand new show on Netflix that we think our audiences are going to love,” he said. “And then you start seeing later in the fourth quarter some of our bigger film investments coming through like ‘Irishman,’ like ‘6 Underground’ and also a big new original series that we’re currently shooting in Hungary called ‘The Witcher,’ that is an enormous European IP, very popular game and Book IP, that we think is going to make a really fun global series.”
The first season of The Witcher will be eight episodes long and that the author will serve as a creative consultant. In September 2018 it was announced that Superman actor Henry Cavill will portray the grizzled Witcher Geralt of Rivia and shooting soon began in Hungary. Here’s hoping the show is able to match the quality of the books and video games.