Netflix's The Witcher Could Run For At Least 20 Years, Showrunner Teases
Netflix's first season of The Witcher isn't even out yet, but that hasn't stopped showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich from gleefully teasing us about its future.
Following the news that Hissrich has no less than seven seasons of the gritty fantasy show currently mapped out, she's now teased that there's enough source material for The Witcher to make 20 years of television. Somebody better let Henry Cavill know to cancel his other work commitments.
The showrunner was responding to a fan who was asking whether or not the Netflix series would ever adapt The Witcher short story A Little Sacrifice, one of the tales that make up the Sword of Destiny collection. Noting that there's easily decades worth of content in the Andrzej Sapkowski fantasy novels on which the show is based, Hissrich told the fan to "keep the faith."
This obviously implies that A Little Sacrifice could end up being adapted for TV yet (assuming it's not part of the first season, which it still could be, given it's quite the striking story of a forbidden love between a prince and a mermaid, and the fact that Hissrich isn't about to confirm what's been adapted right now). But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Like I said, the first season of The Witcher isn't even out until December 20. Plus, you know, it could end up being rubbish. Based on the most recent trailer though, I sincerely doubt that'll be the case.
The Witcher's first season will run for eight episodes, and will adapt certain elements and plots from the first two books:The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. Hence the comment just up there about the requested tale perhaps already being one that's ticked off.
"When destiny hurtles Geralt toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile continent together," reads the official synopsis.
The show will not draw from the CD Projekt RED series of games. It probably never will, even if it does end up running for 20 years. Hissrich told GameSpot a few months back that even in the "extreme long vision", there's more than enough source material to work with in the novels.
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So, yeah... stop asking why Geralt doesn't have two swords on his back. Please. Do that for me?
As for the overall tone of The Witcher? The show's Visual Effects Supervisor Julian Parry recently suggested it'd be more "grounded horror" than fantasy.
"I definitely think it leans more towards horror," Parry told SFX. "We're definitely taking the fantasy out. I can honestly say we're not fantastical. I mean, it's fantastical but in a grounded horror sense. For example, with a Striga [a woman cursed to live as a monster], that's one gnarly-looking thing. That's very unpleasant!"
The decision to focus on more grounded, gritty horror rather than over-the-top fantasy elements of course suits The Witcher down to the ground. It is, after all, a dark and twisted world full of monsters - both human and otherworldly. It also helps the show to stand apart from Game Of Thrones, because you just know those comparisons will be drawn.
While I can't imagine The Witcher will run for 20 years, I'm certainly up for at least seven seasons of creepy horror with a fantasy twist. Featuring Henry Cavill soaking in a tub at the end of every episode, preferably.
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