Netflix is indeed serious about continuing their upcoming fantasy series The Witcher starring Henry Cavill (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Man of Steel) as the streaming giant has renewed it for a second season according to Variety.
They also reveal that production for the second season will begin early next year in London, England along with having 8-episodes.
The eight-episode second season will begin production in London early in 2020,
The renewal comes a full month before season one drops, however, not unexpected given recent comments by showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich.
Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. 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.
This news isn’t terribly shocking because showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich recently mentioned to SFXMagain that they’ve mapped-out seven seasons.
HISSRICH: “I’ve [mapped out stories] for seven seasons. Right now it’s just about, ‘how do you set up stories that really capture audiences for years at a time?’ The worst thing we could do is put all of our energies just into season one, and not be thinking about where these characters can grow to.”
This certainly would be good news for star Henry Cavill, who likely won’t have to worry about work for the next little while given that a third season would be likely as well.
There is plenty of source material for them to mine for multiple seasons via novels and Netflix is going to need high-profile original projects to combat upcoming streaming competitors such as Disney+, HBO Max and others.