The Witcher Showrunner Responds To “Kids And Family” Series Criticism
Netflix made quite a few announcements for its TUDUM event this past week, many of which were centered around the company’s live-action The Witcher series. Along with official confirmations of The Witcher season 3 and a second animated film, it was also announced that The Witcher is getting a spin-off series aimed towards families and younger audiences. Unfortunately, the announcement brought about some criticism for the newly revealed spin-off series.
Since the initial announcement of the “Kids and Family’ series there has been some criticism leveled against Netflix for taking a franchise that typically caters to mature audiences and “defanging” it for children. In response, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has released a statement suggesting that providing an easier entry point for a younger audience will better prepare them for important life lessons told via the franchise’s various mediums. “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,” Hissrich said on Twitter. “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.”
Toss a coin to our growing Witcher universe! We can officially announce The Witcher Season 3, along with a second anime feature film, and a new Kids and Family series set in the world of The Witcher. pic.twitter.com/E032fDAXYx
— The Witcher (@witchernetflix) September 25, 2021
Hissrich goes on to use her own children as examples of kids that are currently too young for the content shown in the main live-action The Witcher series. “If I can sit with them and watch a version they love, one they can laugh at, one they feel ‘gets them’ and their small but meaningful place in the world,” Hissrich writes, “but that can also serve 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? Then I’m in.”
The Witcher’s “Kids and Family” spin-off series is currently in development. Season 2 of the main live-action series is slated to debut on December 17, 2021.
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