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'The Witcher' Showrunner Signs Massive Deal With Netflix

'The Witcher' Showrunner Signs Massive Deal With Netflix

"I am so thrilled to have found my home at Netflix."

Imogen Donovan

Imogen Donovan

As per a report from Variety, The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has recently signed a massive multi-year deal with Netflix.

Before she worked on The Witcher, Schmidt Hissrich wrote and researched episodes of The West Wing between the years of 2002 to 2006. Then, she joined the editing team on the legal drama Justice and then became one of the writers and executive producers of Private Practice. And, she was also involved on multiple Marvel projects, like Daredevil and The Defenders. With this announcement, it seems more and more likely that The Witcher will continue on for five more seasons.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf follows a young Vesemir at the start of his career as a warrior against the forces of evil. Animated by the studio that worked on The Legend of Korra and Dota: Dragon's Blood, this movie is a must for Witcher fans.

"Lauren is a formidable talent with a strong creative vision and diverse skill-set that she brings to every project she touches," said Bela Bajaria, global head of TV for Netflix, in a statement. "Lauren's work on The Witcher has firmly established her as both a preeminent creator and showrunner, and we're excited to continue working with her on future projects."

"I am so thrilled to have found my home at Netflix, and can't wait to continue what's been an incredibly fulfilling creative partnership," said Schmidt Hissrich. "While my heart belongs to The Witcher franchise, I equally look forward to digging in on other exciting projects for their global audience in the years to come."

Schmidt Hissrich has received criticism for the show's interpretation of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's original text. "Because the real world is a very big and diverse place, we made a different assumption on the show. That people don't pay attention to skin color," she explained in a Reddit AMA. "Not because they're all the same color, but because the bigger differences are about species, not skin. If you went to your local supermarket and there were people with horns and tails, do you really think you'd be paying attention to how much melanin is in their skin?"

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Topics: TV and Film, The Witcher, Netflix