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The Netflix adaptation of The Witcher Saga is moving along at a nice pace, and showrunner/producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has been using Twitter as a resource to share glimpses of the show’s progress and to open a channel of communication with fans excited to see the popular books come to life.

Recently one fan’s well-intended tweet spiraled into a comment chain that eventually raised a concern that Netflix might water down original author Andrzej Sapkowski’s middle ages-adjacent fantasy setting and its often unpleasant, violent nature (and admittedly, that setting is an important aspect of Geralt’s story).

Hissrich jumped into the Twitter exchange to succinctly put the question to rest:

In fact, Hissrich has done a wonderful job spreading an infectious excitement about The Witcher series ever since she was announced to be helming the show last year. From sharing photos of her own well-worn copies of the books to showing off maps of the continent being studied, Hissrich is bringing the show closer to fans than people might realize, and it’s a rare, skillful use of social media from inside the television industry.

But obviously, there’s more to running a television show than being great on Twitter. Hisrich is well-acquainted with Netflix, boasting writing and co-production credits on Daredevil and The Defenders. She also worked on Power for Starz.

Joining Hissrich on The Witcher are Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, executive producers on The Expanse, and Tomasz Baginski and Jarek Sawko, filmmakers from Platige Image who’ve had years of experience working with CD Projekt RED on The Witcher video games. Andrzej Sapkowski has also agreed to come on as a consultant.

There’s still a while to go before The Witcher comes to Netflix. Just last week Hissrich tweeted an update confirming they’re still carving out the world and starting on the casting process:

When the series was first announced we said our preference would be to see brand new, anthology-style stories in the same manner of Sapkowski’s short stories, but realistically we’re much more likely to see a retelling of Geralt’s adventure from the books. And that’s fine too. There’s a lot to love in the world of The Witcher and we’re excited to see how Netflix’s adaptation portrays it on TV.


Images: Lauren S. Hissrich, CD Projekt RED

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The Witcher Won’t Be ‘Watered Down’, Says Netflix Series Showrunner

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich confirms The Witcher will be as colorful and violent as the books suggest.

By Dan Capelluto-Woizinski | 01/8/2018 11:00 AM PT

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The Netflix adaptation of The Witcher Saga is moving along at a nice pace, and showrunner/producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has been using Twitter as a resource to share glimpses of the show’s progress and to open a channel of communication with fans excited to see the popular books come to life.

Recently one fan’s well-intended tweet spiraled into a comment chain that eventually raised a concern that Netflix might water down original author Andrzej Sapkowski’s middle ages-adjacent fantasy setting and its often unpleasant, violent nature (and admittedly, that setting is an important aspect of Geralt’s story).

Hissrich jumped into the Twitter exchange to succinctly put the question to rest:

In fact, Hissrich has done a wonderful job spreading an infectious excitement about The Witcher series ever since she was announced to be helming the show last year. From sharing photos of her own well-worn copies of the books to showing off maps of the continent being studied, Hissrich is bringing the show closer to fans than people might realize, and it’s a rare, skillful use of social media from inside the television industry.

But obviously, there’s more to running a television show than being great on Twitter. Hisrich is well-acquainted with Netflix, boasting writing and co-production credits on Daredevil and The Defenders. She also worked on Power for Starz.

Joining Hissrich on The Witcher are Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, executive producers on The Expanse, and Tomasz Baginski and Jarek Sawko, filmmakers from Platige Image who’ve had years of experience working with CD Projekt RED on The Witcher video games. Andrzej Sapkowski has also agreed to come on as a consultant.

There’s still a while to go before The Witcher comes to Netflix. Just last week Hissrich tweeted an update confirming they’re still carving out the world and starting on the casting process:

When the series was first announced we said our preference would be to see brand new, anthology-style stories in the same manner of Sapkowski’s short stories, but realistically we’re much more likely to see a retelling of Geralt’s adventure from the books. And that’s fine too. There’s a lot to love in the world of The Witcher and we’re excited to see how Netflix’s adaptation portrays it on TV.


Images: Lauren S. Hissrich, CD Projekt RED

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