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There are a lot of stereotypes about the treatment of writers in Hollywood. “The Witcher” creator Andrzej Sapkowski became very familiar with them when visiting the set of the Netflix series based on his fantasy novels.
He speaks in an interview with the YouTube channel Grain killer (via Gamespot) At Vienna Comic Con, the Polish author shared that he visited the set of the TV show during production and offered some input for the series. Without specifying what his ideas were, Sapkowski says none of them were ultimately used.
“The group was phenomenal. I presented them with some ideas but they never listened to me,” the author said, laughing. “It’s normal. ‘Who is this? He’s a writer. He’s nobody.”
In some ways, this was not an unfamiliar experience for Sapkowski. The writer says the various adaptations of his work – which include a successful video game series from Polish developer CD Projekt Red – were all “weird” to bring to fruition.
“My raw material when I work is only letters. I don’t describe pictures. I don’t see any pictures. I only use letters because I know the reader will only see letters,” Sapkowski said. “I look at these and say: Wow! This is how they portray it. interesting!’ Sometimes it’s very kind to me, sympathetic. Sometimes that’s not the case. But I will not go into details.”
Sapkowski published his original novel, “The Witcher,” in 1990. Since then, he has published eight more novels set in the same fantasy universe. He is currently writing the tenth entry.
Netflix is working on a fourth season of The Witcher without star Henry Cavill. The actor announced his exit from the series before the season 3 premiere. Liam Hemsworth is set to take on the role of Geralt of Rivia.