'The Witcher' Showrunner On What She Learned From 'Game Of Thrones'

'The Witcher' Showrunner On What She Learned From 'Game Of Thrones'

'The Witcher' Showrunner On What She Learned From 'Game Of Thrones'

While The Witcher and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, the basis for the HBO show, both live in the fantasy genre, The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt insisted the Netflix show was completely different.

"The Witcher" seemingly comes well equipped to do battle for viewers, but there's no getting around its boring edges. "And Game of Thrones said, 'No, anyone can find themselves in fantasy".

Based on the books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski (and also known to fans of the popular video games based on the same stories), the eight-part series tells the effects-heavy tale of Geralt of Rivia, one of a rare breed of monster-hunters known as Witchers.

Henry Cavill plays the title role in "The Witcher", but giving a pulse to this dreary medieval fantasy series is too much of a job even for Superman.

The video games have helped producer CD Project SA in Poland post a return of 21,000 per cent since the end of 2009 - Europe's biggest stocks success of the past decade.

As for the cast of the show, it consists of Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Princess Cirila, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as King Eist Tuirseach, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia de Vries, Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo, Therica Wilson-Read as Sabrina Glevissig and Emma Appleton as Princess Renfri. He understands the cultural makeup of the world around him and the power of storytelling. His comfort level in action scenes, especially those with severe visual effects, is also fully apparent in The Witcher, and he makes Geralt & battles with monstrous beasts (and people, by the way) feel like amusing palate cleansers amidst all political drama and intrigues.

Now, Netflix has taken a stab at the series, with Henry Cavill starring in the titular role of Geralt. "I mean, why wouldn't you want that?", she continued.

Apparently Netflix likes what it sees well enough: "The Witcher" has already been renewed for a second season. It is a bold approach and it pays off with a nuanced, layered story that you attract a little more with each episode. All of the first season episodes will be available then, and the next season is expected in 2021.

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