Netflix has confirmed that the live-action TV series based on “The Witcher” fantasy book and video game series will launch in the company’s fourth quarter for this year – said quarter runs from October to December.
Superman himself actor Henry Cavill takes on the lead role of Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter struggling to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. When destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos made the announcement during an earnings call this week in which he was asked about the streaming giant’s 2019 line-up which is when he brought up the timing of the series’ launch. Sarandos said:
“Then you 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 in Hungary called ‘The Witcher,’ that is an enormous European IP, very popular game and Book IP, that we think is going to make a really fun global series.”
Filming kicked off in Eastern Europe in November last year on an eight-episode first season. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich serves as executive producer and showrunner on the series while Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko will also executive produce.
The project marks Cavill’s return to television following his breakthrough in a major regular series role on Showtime’s “The Tudors”. Netflix reportedly gained 9.6 million streaming customers in the first quarter of 2019 – ahead of projections and a quarterly record.
The streamer also confirmed the third season of “The Crown” will be arriving in the back half of 2019 as expected, while the Ellen DeGeneres-produced TV adaptation of Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham” will also arrive in the fourth quarter.