Witcher Author Explains Why He Wasn’t Very Active On The Netflix Series
The Witcher Netflix series has been a huge success, gaining quite a lot of praise from critics and fans alike. The show was birthed from the wonderful novels by Andrzej Sapkowski and unlike CD Projekt RED’s video game adaption of the franchise, Sapkowski took on a slightly more active role as a consultant for the series. However, it seems the author wasn’t very involved with its production as according to Sapkowski himself, he took a bit of a backseat because he doesn’t like to work too hard.
A recent interview with the author (via Prima Games) provided fans with new details about his work (or the lack thereof) on the show. Sapkowski explains that it was his own request to not be too involved with the show for two reasons. Firstly, Sapkowski states that he does not like working at all and secondly, he explains that he doesn’t believe in imposing his views on other artists and their interpretation of his work. With the Witcher Netflix series, the author merely answered questions when it was necessary and left the writers to their own devices.
Not very much, on my own request. I do not like working too hard or too long. By the way, I do not like working at all. ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone at me.’ John 8:7. For the record: I strongly believe in the freedom of an artist and his artistic expression. I do not interfere and do not impose my views on other artists. I do not insist on anything and do not fight for anything. I advise. When necessary. And asked for.”
Sapkowski also shared his thoughts on the future of the franchise, claiming that its best to keep expectations low so that if the show or really anything goes better than expected. He cites British fantasy writer Joe Abercrombie who said, “Life is, basically, fucking shit. Best to keep your expectations low. Maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised.” Its an interesting outlook, but in the case of The Witcher, the franchise has certainly seen plenty of expectations fulfilled.
Filming for the second season of The Witcher is set to start later this year with a release onto Netflix expected to arrive sometime in 2021. Let us know your thoughts on Sapkowski’s role on the Witcher Netflix series and more in the comments section below. As always don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.
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