The upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher franchise has just picked up two writers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Announced by showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich on her Twitter account, the writers room for the Netflix dark fantasy series shows former Jessica Jones writer Jenny Klein and Daredevil writer Sneha Koorse joining the creative team as they develop the eight-episode first season.
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I can’t imagine a better day.
The #Witcher writers’ room opened today, and it was full of ideas and banter and cupcakes and creativity and darkness and champagne and this hilarious picture that’s better than any of the posed group selfies I attempted.
It’s happening. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/jUn9MPwf9L
— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) May 8, 2018
Hissrich, herself a writer on Daredevil and The Defenders, has also hired Claire Higgins (The Worst Witch) and Declan de Barra (The Originals) for the writing staff. They are joined by Andrzej Sapkowski, who created The Witcher across a series of critically acclaimed novels which then inspired a trilogy of popular video games featuring characters from the books. Sapkowski serves as a creative consultant for the Netflix series.
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This is good news for the adaptation: Hissrich had announced last month that a premiere for the series wasn’t likely until 2020 at the earliest, while providing a few details about the production. The lengthy development time is attributed to ensuring maximum quality, with Netflix looking to capitalize on dark fantasy television once Game of Thrones ends its run next year.
The Witcher is expected to begin filming on location in Eastern Europe once writing and casting for the series has been completed. The pilot episode was written by Hissrich, with the newly announced writing team currently developing the remaining seven episodes of the series’ first season.