‘The Witcher’ live-action adaptation of Netflix has suffered a series of ups and downs since its first season that very few expected. There have been many controversies, from the heavy deviations from writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s original work to leaks about the controversial behavior from the team during production, reaching its biggest setback with the announcement of the departure of Henry Cavill off the leading role after the third season.
Now, the author of the novels himself has spoken up against Netflix for an adaptation that is far from what he expected, especially for several slights by the company towards him: “They never listened to me”, said Sapkowski in a recent interview within the framework of the Vienna Comic-Con .
Andrzej Sapkowski (‘The Witcher’) speaks out against Netflix
With a new novel about Geralt of Rivia on the verge of publication‚ Andrzej Sapkowski is in full promotion of his new work; and one of these stops has been the Vienna Comic-Con where he gave an interview in which he did not hesitate to speak against Netflix and their contempt for his person and work: “Maybe, I gave them some ideas, but they never listened to me. But it’s normal”, stated the writer.
He continued with an impression of an unnamed Netflix executive: “Who’s this? It’s a writer, it’s nobody”, while moving his hand with gestures of contempt. Of course, the author of ‘The Witcher’ states that on the occasions he had to visit the production of the series he was impressed by how amazing it was, in relation to the level of production and the filming sets.
Meanwhile, the ‘Witcher’ series will go on forward on Netflix despite the various setbacks, with a fourth and fifth season in which Liam Hemsworth will pick up the baton from Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, in addition to the animated film ‘Sirens of the Deep’ pending release.