Netflix’s The Witcher has proved to become an international sensation with the arrival of its very first season. The whereabouts of the Cintran princess, and Geralt’s child surprise, is all fans pine for. A violent medieval monster mayhem with a balletic swordplay performance from Cavill’s white-haired monster butcher and some mature fun, the Netflix original fantasy series has unexpectedly garnered a wide range of fanatics and won the hearts of many.
It is so much appreciated by fans and critics alike that they inspired the creators to even create a prequel to the fantasy series. Seemingly, this Christmas, we will get to celebrate Witchmas as the fan favorite bard, Jaskier, brings the most awaited origin story of the witchers. And it won’t be long after its release that we will have the parent series’s third season streaming only on Netflix. But did you know all the magicians who weaved the threads of such a successful endeavor are not big fans of its original source? Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Not all writers of Netflix’s The Witcher appreciated the books and the game
Although the Henry Cavill series has been a cinematic success and has remained as much true to its source as it can, its writer and producer Beau DeMayo recently acknowledged The Direct about the austere attitude of the writers towards the game and Andrzej Sapkowski’s books. Notably, he is serving as the head writer of Marvel’s second installment of its animated X-Men movies. DeMayo essentially informed the interviewer that he has hired only those who respect its legacy and could value the gem that the original source is.
He then gave the example of his experience in the Netflix Original fantasy series’s writing room, stating that such a dislike towards the origin of the script is nothing but a “recipe for disaster and bad morale.” He further stated, “Fandom as a litmus test checks egos, and makes all the long nights worth it,” suggesting one must respect the legacy if one wants to carry it forward or mold it in any way.
The writer who has written two episodes and co-produced the other two of The Witcher believes his team should be that of fans instead of critics who would want to mock the source material. This preference works well for loyal fans who are attached to the source material.
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