The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich responds to criticisms of the recently announced kids and family series set in the world of The Witcher.
The Witcher showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich, responds to criticisms of the recently announced kids and family show. From the mind of Andrzej Sapkowski, Netflix’s fantasy series based on the Polish author’s novels aired in December of 2019 and quickly caught on as one of the streamer’s most popular original titles. The Witcher follows its titular monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), who was mutated by magic as a young boy. Other central characters include the sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), Princess Ciri (Freya Allen), and the bard Jaskier (Joey Batey).
Ever since season 1 of The Witcher exploded in popularity, Netflix decided to renew the series for a second and eventually a third season. However, the show’s expansive universe provided plenty of opportunities for spinoffs, the first of which was The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. Released last month, the anime film provides an origin story for Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir, a character played by Kim Bodnia in season 2 of the mainline series. The second spinoff, The Witcher: Blood Origin, will be a live-action prequel series that explores the origin of witchers.
During Netflix’s recent TUDUM event, a second anime feature film was announced along with “a new Kids and Family series set in the world of The Witcher,” the latter of which immediately caught fans’ eyes and began garnering criticism. Now, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich is responding to those criticisms on Twitter (via Comicbook). Even though “The Witcher is a dark, mature universe,” Hissrich believes it can be translated into stories that kids can enjoy and learn from. Read what The Witcher showrunner had to say below:
I agree, The Witcher is a dark, mature universe. I’d go further. It’s controversial. Political. A microcosm of humanity, for all its goodness and evil. But I believe — STRONGLY believe — that the moral dilemmas and ethical grayness that adults love in this universe — can be extrapolated to stories that kids in this chaotic world desperately need, and could benefit from.
In the Twitter thread, Hissrich goes on to talk about her own kids who are too young for The Witcher, but believes they could benefit from a version of the show that “gets them and their small but meaningful place in the world” and also serves as a “foundation from which to talk about big topics, racism, sexism, what it means to be a monster, and how we can fight back against those bleak black holes of humanity, so everyone knows there’s a place for them.” Hissrich also hopes the series introduces more viewers to The Witcher brand.
Since Netflix’s series is well-known for its adult content including graphic violence and gore, sex and nudity, and profanity, the prospect of a Witcher show for kids initially sounded like a peculiar idea. While it might be hard to imagine what a kids and family series set in The Witcher universe might look like or if Hissrich will even be involved, The Witcher showrunner seems to have a clear vision for what she wants the series to accomplish. Since it is still early on in development, more details will emerge in the future.
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