Love The Witcher? Then get pumped because you’re about to see a lot more from the woman who brought this fantasy epic to the small screen. At the Television Critics Association’s 2021 summer tour Netflix announced that it has entered into a new creative partnership with The Witcher writer, producer, and showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
Before The Witcher, Hissrich worked on shows such as The West Wing, Parenthood, Private Practice, Daredevil, The Defenders, and The Umbrella Academy. When it came to The Defenders, she even worked as a co-executive producer. But it wasn’t until 2017 that Hissrich’s destiny intertwined with Geralt’s. That’s when she was named the showrunner and executive producer for Netflix’s The Witcher, which she still is today. Hissrich is also the executive producer on the upcoming prequel series The Witcher: Blood Origin as well as the anime movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, which is set to premiere August 23. As part of this multi-year deal, Hissrich will write and produce scripted shows and other creative projects for Netflix.
“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,” Hissrich said in a statement. “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.”
“Lauren is a formidable talent with a strong creative vision and diverse skill-set that she brings to every project she touches,” Bela Barjaria, Netflix’s Global Head of TV, said 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.”
Locking down Hissrich speaks to Netflix’s confidence in The Witcher universe and its creators. The horror-fantasy series based on the novels of Andrzej Sapkowski premiered with only eight episodes in 2019. Those eight episodes have blossomed into a full TV empire with a second season, an anime movie, and a prequel series. The Witcher even had its own con that partially funded by Netflix and celebrated the show, the original novels, and the universally acclaimed game, Witcher III: Wild Hunt. So much of this story’s television success can be directly traced back to Hissrich.
The showrunner’s take on the property has been full of bold swings. It’s thanks to her that we better understand Yennefer’s (Anya Chalotra) backstory or what Ciri (Freya Allan) did the weeks before she found Geralt (Henry Cavill). Hissrich’s talent for taking creative risks while preserving the dark yet oddly humorous tone of this universe is what has saved The Witcher from being another Game of Thrones knockoff. The more of her we see, the better.
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