During a recent earnings call, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos said that the company hopes to have their live-action Witcher series starring Superman actor Henry Cavill (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) on the service sometime in the fourth quarter (October-December). The news comes thanks to Variety, who adds some quotes from the call.
“And then you start seeing later in the fourth quarter some of our bigger film investments coming through like ‘Irishman,’ like ‘6 Underground’ and also a big new original series that we’re currently shooting in Hungary called ‘The Witcher,’ that is an enormous European IP, very popular game and Book IP, that we think is going to make a really fun global series.”
The Witcher franchise is based on the Polish fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski that were developed into a string of widely-popular video games by developer CD Projekt Red.
Henry Cavill played the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia.
“Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.”
The Witcher release later this year would suggest that the turnaround is expected to have a smaller window than we assumed.