brian-mcgee - November 1, 2019
The upcoming Netflix series The Witcher has been building hype for well over a year now, as the biggest streaming operation on the planet looks to get into the big budget, high concept, blood and boobs business that HBO pioneered with Game of Thrones. Based on a series of Polish fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski from the 1990s, The Witcher centers around a hunter named Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) who roams an unnamed continent hunting beasts and monsters.
The series has attracted a lot of attention because of its parallels, at least in terms of violent and sexual content, with Game of Thrones. Really anything with a sprawling fantasy narrative is going to be announced as the next GoT because that's the way marketing works. The new Amazon Lord of the Rings series is sure to be endowed with a similar marketing campaign.
Netflix obviously has big plans for The Witcher, launching it in the middle of the holiday season, and if it catches on, there's plenty of source material to mine for future seasons. The first season of The Witcher will be released in its entirety on December 20, the same day Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.
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