All the details on The Witcher TV show on Netflix
What is the Witcher?
The Witcher series follows the adventures of Geralt, a travelling monster hunter who has supernatural powers. The series was created by novelist Andrzej Sapkowski. The books of the adventures of Geralt are incredibly successful and have been translated into several languages from the native Polish.
The Witcher computer games were made by Projekt RED with the third and final part The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt being released in 2015 to critical acclaim and strong sales.
Netflix have recently announced they are developing a Witcher TV show based on the series produced by Sean Daniel and Jason Brown (who also worked on The Expanse). They released the following statement.
‘The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world. The characters are original, funny and constantly surprising and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling.’
In the books Geralt fights a series of monsters in a gritty supernatural version of medieval Eastern Europe. This would lend itself well to a ‘monster of the week’ type format like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Supernatural.
Is there a trailer for the Witcher TV show?
Excluding the Hexer (have a look below) there hasn’t been a trailer for the Witcher released yet but we think the trailer for computer game Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can give you a good idea of the world of The Witcher.
When will the Witcher TV show be released?
No release date has been stated.
Has there ever been a Witcher film?
A Polish language film for the Witcher was produced in 2001 directed by Marek Brodzki (who also worked on Schindler’s List with Steven Spielberg), under the name The Hexer (Wiedźmin in Polish). You can watch the trailer for it below. If you work has a policy against sword fighting, nude women or really bad CGI dragons then maybe watch it at home instead.
The Witcher in the pictures at the top of the article is Michał Żebrowski who starred as Geralt in this film
Who are the main characters in the Witcher?
Geralt of Rivia
Geralt has superhuman abilities and is a master swordsman. He travels the world killing monsters for money. his white hair is a side effect of the mutagens used to turn normal people into witchers. Geralt was unusually tolerant of the process and so they used extra mutagens on him which made him stronger but also gave him his distinctive look.
He's not even from Rivia, he just says he is to sound more trustworthy and has even speaks with a Rivia accent to be more authentic.
The adopted daughter of Geralt. Who also happens to be a princess, her parents were lost at sea when she was still an infant.
A close friend of Geralt (who is in love with him). Triss also cared for Ciri for a while. Triss is a powerful healer as well as a magic user. She has bright red hair.
A powerful sorceress and former royal advisor. Yennefer has long black hair and pale skin, perhaps due to her being a quarter elf on her mother's side. She also as a thing for Geralt.
A bard and best friend of Geralt. Dandelion looks far younger than his years, causing many people to suspect him of being an elf. In the original Polish version of the story he is called Buttercup.
What is the Hexer TV show?
A TV show based on the books was made in 2002 in Poland, with only one season of 13 episodes making it to air. It was executive produced by Marek Brodzki who also directed the Hexer film and starred the same actors as the movie.