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Netflix's The Witcher writers didn't like the books or games

Imogen Donovan

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Netflix's The Witcher writers didn't like the books or games

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Beau DeMayo, the writer of The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, recently revealed that a few of the writers on Netflix's The Witcher "actively disliked" the books and CD Projekt Red's series of games.

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Speaking about the upcoming X-Men '97, a reboot of X-Men: The Animated Series, on his Instagram Story, DeMayo said that he was adamant that recruits should be chosen based on whether or not they were a fan of the original work. "My [line producer] was the first hire and he brought along all the amazing talent that followed. My general rule was you HAD to be a fan. No questions," he explained. "I've been on show - namely Witcher - where some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games (even actively mocking the source material)."

Check out the trailer for The Witcher: Blood Origin, starring Michelle Yeoh, Lenny Henry and Sophia Brown, below!

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"It's a recipe for disaster and bad morale. Fandom as a litmus test checks egos, and makes all the long nights worth it," continued the writer. "You have to respect the work before you're allowed to add to its legacy."

Spicy. While the critical reception of the second season of The Witcher was warm, the show sits at a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. There were a number of controversial changes like the death of Eskel, Yennefer's loss of her magic and betrayal, and the addition of the Voleth Meir which all didn't occur in the events of The Last Wish, Blood of Elves and Time of Contempt.

You have to wonder whether these amendments were made as a result of this aforementioned dislike for Andrzej Sapkowski's series or if they were made in order to shock long-time fans, in the same way House of the Dragon has taken creative liberties with the events of Fire & Blood.

Topics: The Witcher, Netflix

Imogen Donovan
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