We’ve known for about a year now that Netflix plans to make a TV adaptation of the critically acclaimed video game series The Witcher. Details about the show have been pretty scant thus far, but recently the writer and executive producer of the adaptation, Lauren Hissrich, spilled a lot of new information.
In a recent series of Tweets by Hissrich, it was revealed that the show (or at least the first season of it?) will consist of eight episodes. Hissrich explains that this number will allow for each episode to be “tight, action-packed, rich in character and story, without lagging in the middle of the season.” It was also revealed that the script for the pilot episode has been finished, though it will likely undergo some changes once the casting and shooting stages begin. The other seven episodes haven’t been written yet, but Hissrich plans to take on these scripts with a team of writers that will be joining her “soon.”
The show will be shot in Eastern Europe to capture the “Slavic eye-candy” found there. Lastly, Hissrich teases that the show may premiere in 2020, though she is also sure to point out that “quality comes before speed.” So don’t be upset if Netflix’s The Witcher doesn’t come out until later in the 2020s; it just means that the team behind it is taking their time to make it as good as it can possibly be.