Whilst the original eight novel series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski has had a long life in Europe, outside of the continent the literary property “The Witcher” is best known for its adaptation by CD Projekt Red into an acclaimed trilogy of video games in recent years.
The bestselling games are more of a sequel to the novels as they follow Geralt of Rivia continuing his monster hunting journey and finding himself wrapped up in major world events. Streaming giant Netflix, on the other hand, is going back to the original books for its upcoming lavish fantasy TV series adaptation of the franchise.
Speaking to The Wrap at a press round table at San Diego Comic-Con, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich revealed that they don’t expect to run out of material to base their work on but even if they do, they won’t use the games for storylines:
“Extreme long vision is no, we will not start adapting the games… I can only attack one season at a time, I’m so excited for this one, the rest kind of makes my mind explode right now. If someone says ‘what happens in Season 7,’ sure I have thoughts. Fingers crossed, we get there.”
They may not borrow plot elements, but that doesn’t mean the series will be devoid of references to the games. In fact, Hissrich tells Gizmodo that the infamous ‘bathtub’ scene of a naked Geralt taking a dip in “The Witcher 3” will take place in the series in some kind of form: “There is a bathtub this season. There is a bathtub. I won’t tell you who’s in the bathtub, but there is a bathtub.”
Hissrich also says she wants to include the short story “A Question of Price” into the series in some way. “The Witcher” will premiere on Netflix sometime in early 2020.