It was announced in May of last year that Netflix was planning on making a Witcher TV series. Since that announcement, details have been scarce concerning the upcoming series. Clearly, the announcement came very early in pre-production; last month, the series’ showrunner Lauren Hissrich revealed that casting and much of the writing had yet to be done. At the time, Hissrich also suggested that the series was roughly anticipated to release in 2020.
While details remain thin on the ground, some have emerged courtesy of Lauren Hissrich once again. The showrunner announced yesterday that the show’s writer’s room had officially opened, and she was also able to announce the names of the other writers.
I can't imagine a better day.
The #Witcher writers' room opened today, and it was full of ideas and banter and cupcakes and creativity and darkness and champagne and this hilarious picture that's better than any of the posed group selfies I attempted.
It's happening. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/jUn9MPwf9L
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) May 8, 2018
The first to join Hissrich is Jenny Klein, a writer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones Netflix series. She also tweeted about the occasion, complete with a photograph of the writer’s room’s fridge stocked with champagne. In another tweet, Klein said that she was “super stoked” to be part of the team working on The Witcher.
— Jenny Klein (@jennydelherpes) May 8, 2018
Also joining the writing team are Sneha Koorse, who wrote for Marvel’s Daredevil (also a Netflix series), and Declan de Barra, who wrote for The Originals.
Fans of The Witcher should be pleased to see that the show’s pre-production appears to be moving along well. Casting for the series is unlikely to be announced anytime soon, however. Lauren Hissrich revealed last month that she had only written a draft script of the pilot episode so far. Of course, rumors are already circulating, particularly about who will play Geralt of Rivia. Fans have also voiced support for the casting of Mark Hamill as the veteran witcher Vesemir based on similarities between the character and his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the recent Star Wars films. Mark Hamill has expressed support for the idea, despite admitting that he wasn’t familiar with the franchise.
I have no idea what this is or what it's about but agree it could/should be played by me. ?
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 6, 2018