Warsaw, Poland – Netflix announced earlier this week that its adaptation of ‘The Witcher’ book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, which is currently filming in Poland, will be released in the company’s fourth quarter, which runs from October to December. The announcement was made by the company’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who was responding to a question about Netflix line-up for the rest of the year.
“You’ll 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 called ‘The Witcher,’ he said in a recent letter to investors this week.
Netflix started principal production for The Witcher series in October 2018 in Hungary before shifting to the Canary Islands in March 2019. In September 2018, it was announced that Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in the latest silver screen adaptations of the DC superhero, would play Geralt, the show’s monster-hunting hero. The pivotal role of Ciri, Princess of Cintra, will be played by Freya Allan, while Björn Hlynur, Adam Levy and Jodhi May, who plays Maggy in Game of Thrones, also join the cast. According to the show’s creator, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Season 1 will run for eight episodes, each running about an hour.
Andrzej Sapkowski, who wrote the novels on which the Witcher games and TV series are based, is serving as creative consultant, which will undoubtedly reassure some of the most anxious fans. Little is known about the storyline so far, but Netflix will hopefully start sharing more details about it now that it has a better idea of when the show will launch.
The show is expected to target Game of Thrones fans who will be left hung out to dry at the end of HBO’s epic series’ final season.