Netflix never pays any heed to his input on The Witcher films.
Andrzej Sapkowski of Poland first published The Witcher novel in 1990; there followed eight more, with its final installment arriving in 2013.
Since 2007, The Witcher franchise has inspired video games, board games, animations and live-action television series adaptations ranging from 2007 PC titles adapted by Crytek/Unreal Engine 5 through to live action TV adaptations that span multiple formats and mediums. Unfortunately the original The Witcher game has aged poorly; therefore it will soon receive an full remake powered by Unreal Engine 5.
However, 2011 brought us The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings which proved far superior. However, 2015 heralded an extraordinary RPG experience: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt which many regard as one of the finest RPG titles ever released.
Success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt likely played an instrumental role in its adaptation for Netflix live-action adaptation; most notably its adaptation of Sapkowski’s novels. As Henry Cavill is an ardent fan of both Geralt of Rivia games and novels, he gladly accepted Henry Cavill’s invitation to star as Geralt of Rivia on this Netflix live action adaptation series.
One might assume that when creating the Witcher adaptation for Netflix series delivery, those responsible would follow in line with Andrzej Sapkowski’s guidance, the original author. Unfortunately for Sapkowski though, those in charge never listen.
Fans often criticise the Netflix series due to it not staying faithful to Henry Cavill’s novel adaptations as closely. According to Comicbook.com, Sapkowski expressed his displeasure about no one listening to his advice regarding its adaptation into television form at Vienna Comic Con during an interview with Cerealkillerz at that convention.
Sapkowski expressed disappointment after visiting the set of Netflix show. While he gave some ideas during his visit to set, no one paid attention; not even those directly responsible listened. But this behavior is normal since nobody recognizes or cares who wrote or created content in an industry environment like television show making.
Future prospects of The Witcher on Netflix look promising: season four will no longer feature Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia; instead Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth will assume this role and its release should arrive between 2024-2025 on Netflix.