[Update] The Witcher Series Showrunner Confirms They Did Not Adapt From The Video Games

Update: Just as we thought, SDCC delivered the first trailer for this series. Check it out down below.


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The Witcher series may be best known for the trilogy of video games developed under CD Projekt Red. This development studio sought out the adaptation from a collection of stories written by Andrzej Sapkowski, who has been creating a series of novels that lasted from 1993 to 2013. Now that the video game trilogy has come to an end, a new adaptation is in the works. You likely have already heard, but in case you haven’t, Netflix will soon have a live-action series.

We’re likely going to hear more about the film production soon during SDCC but recently Entertainment Weekly got a chance to speak with the showrunner about the production. Lauren Hissrich is the showrunner for the upcoming Netflix production The Witcher, starring Henry Cavil as Geralt and if you were hoping for a direct adaptation from the video games then you’re out of luck. Instead, the film went to the novels by Andrzej Snapkowski for the source material this series is based on which Lauren finds to be great.

“We’re not adapting the videogames, it’s a straight adaptation of the books. Which is great as the videogames are also an adaptation of the books. They went one direction, we actually get to go another. We’re kind of holding close to our chest what we’re doing in the first season. There’s a lot of obviously epic excitement that starts in the saga of the books. But the short stories provided a lot of world building and lay the foundation of this Continent and the politics of it and the understanding of the people of it and those really came into focus in the first season.”

According to Lauren, CD Projekt Red also went to the books to craft their trilogy and while both the games and the series will have similarities, the showrunner stated that you can see where the developers opted to go in a certain direction. Unfortunately, we don’t know just how different the show will be with the books either right now. Instead, the finer details are being kept under wraps, but apparently, the first season will deal with the monsters and how humanity is living with these creatures. For now, it’s a waiting game to see what else is announced during this year’s SDCC though many of us are hoping a trailer is released before SDCC officially wraps.

Source: Entertainment Weekly