Movie and TV shows can take a long time to get rolling, and it sometimes starts to look like maybe they aren’t happening when we don’t hear anything for a while. Netflix announced last spring that a television show based on the Witcher characters and world seen in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Andrzej Sapkowski’s original Polish-language fantasy novels was in the works. Now, the production has hit a big landmark that lets us know it’s not only still happening, but coming along nicely.
Writer Lauren S. Hissrich announced on Twitter recently that she’s finished a draft of the show’s pilot:
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) February 24, 2018
“#TheWitcher pilot is out for notes, and I’m out for the weekend to spend some time with my kids. See you bright and early on Monday!” Hissrich wrote on Saturday morning.
Hissrich, who is also acting as showrunner for the production, has a pretty long history with Netflix productions and television in general. Her writing credits go back as far as The West Wing, but she’s put in time on superhero shows Power, Daredevil and The Defenders, too.
Netflix is staying tight-lipped on the show’s other details right now, such as who might play Geralt of Rivia or when exactly we can expect to see the show hit the streaming service. The show will be based on Sapkowski’s novels rather than on CD Projekt Red’s game series, and Sapkowski will act as a consultant on the show, so it seems like it’ll hew as closely to the original story as it possibly can.
Of all the shows in the pipe at Netflix, this is the one I’m looking most forward to. Keep an eye out for it to hit the service, most likely, sometime in 2019 or 2020.