Both novel and video game fans have been eagerly awaiting news about the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher, which is currently filming in Hungary. While showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has been somewhat open about the progress online, few details have been released, at least officially. However, thanks to Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos, fans now know when they can expect The Witcher to be released for streaming.
Sarandos spoke of several popular shows that will be returning in Q3 during an investors call, including Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black and 13 Reasons Why before moving on to Q4 and the films audiences can expect.
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"...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," he said.
The series is based on a series of dark fantasy novels written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, all of which follow the titular Witcher, or monster hunter, as he travels from place to place searching for work and consistently finding himself embroiled in dangerous hunts, royal conspiracies and the occasional bloodbath.
Season 1 of The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, will contain eight episodes, each one running at approximately one hour in length. Judging from the show's cast, it appears much of the season, if not all of it, will adapt stories from Sapkowski's second novel (set prior to the events of the first) The Last Wish, which details such events as how Geralt earned the nickname, "the Butcher of Blaviken" and how the Witcher unintentionally bound himself to the powerful sorceress, Yennefer of Vengerberg.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri and Joey Batey as Jaskier. The series will be available to stream this fall.