The Witcher showrunner Lauren Hissrich has responded to The Witcher followers and insisted she has “by no means mocked the books” the video video games and Netflix present is predicated upon.
The furor started when author Beau DeMayo – who’s now engaged on X-Males ’97 – says a few of his colleagues in The Witcher’s writing room “actively mocked” the supply materials written by Andrzej Sapkowski.
“I have been on present – specifically Witcher – the place among the writers weren’t or actively disliked the books and video games (even actively mocking the supply materials),” DeMayo mentioned in an interview again in October.
“It is a recipe for catastrophe and dangerous morale,” he added. “Fandom as a litmus check checks egos, and makes all of the lengthy nights value it. It’s a must to respect the work earlier than you are allowed so as to add to its legacy.”
Since then, The Witcher followers have flooded Hissrich’s social media channels with complaints concerning the present up to now, and the vitriol has intensified since we realized Henry Cavill was stepping away from Netflix’s The Witcher adaptation.
“I’ve by no means mocked the books,” Hissrich replied to critics on Instagram, breaking her silence on the difficulty. “The books are my total livelihood. I’ve an amazing relationship with Mr. Sapkowski and author’s rooms are sacred and protected and – greater than something – supportive areas. Do not imagine all the pieces you learn.”
“I’ve nice respect for Beau and the episodes he wrote!” Hissrich added later when somebody quoted DeMayo’s phrases again to her. “The striga episode is one in all my favourites. He wrote the one the place folks got here to Kaer Morhen and Eskel died which had a number of backlash, however he was courageous in telling the story he needed to inform. It takes a number of balls to do this. I respect that.”
Her response has been backed up by present author Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who insisted that the “the rumours [about mocking the material] are false”, while Matt D’Ambrosio called DeMayo’s comments “an entire mess of lies from an ex-writer of the present”.
the rumors are false, i used to be there every single day of s3 and skilled a office that was not solely nice, and no “hate” of the supply materials in any respect.
— javier grillo-marxuach (@OKBJGM) December 5, 2022
In Cavill’s stead, The Starvation Video games’ Liam Hemsworth can be taking on the function of Geralt of Rivia for the present’s fourth season. Now, Netflix is doing what it might to reassure followers that, whereas this can clearly be a change for the sequence, it should additionally convey a “totally different power” to the present that the producers are enthusiastic about.