The Witcher began its life as a series of novels by Andrzej Sapkowski before becoming a hit video game franchise developed by CD Projekt Red, and soon it will evolve again. About a year ago we learned that Netflix is turning The Witcher into a TV series. Little was revealed in the months that followed, but we got a big update this week from showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich.
In a series of tweets, Hissrich shared that Netflix is currently aiming to launch their adaptation of The Witcher in 2020. The show is initially planned for an eight episode run. Hissrich has plotted out ideas for all eight episodes, and the script for the pilot is complete. New writers will be joining the team soon to help make the other seven scripts a reality.
Hissrich knows that some fans might be upset that the season is only eight episodes long, but she assures fans that the short length of the season allows for each episode to "be tight, action-packed, rich in character and story, without lagging in the middle of the season." Hissrich also revealed that The Witcher will be filmed in Eastern Europe, as "This show couldn't exist anyplace else. Period."