Although Netflix The Wizard has been wildly successful, some of the franchise’s fanbase as a whole has been highly critical of the streaming service’s adaptation and its significant departures from the source material. Former series writer Beau DeMayo recently suggested that some members of the writers’ room didn’t like the source material or its video game adaptation.
In an Instagram question and answer session, as reported by directDeMayo spoke about his work at the next X Men ’97 series for Disney+ and the requirement that the writers involved had to be fans of the material. He compared the experience to that of Netflix. The Wizardstating, “I’ve been on the show, namely Witcher, where some of the writers actively disliked or disliked the books and games (they even actively made fun of the source material).”
He went on to say, “It’s a recipe for disaster and bad morals. Fandom as a litmus test checks egos and makes all the late nights worthwhile. You have to respect the work before you’re allowed to add to its legacy.” .” The writer did not mention specific names and offered no further criticism of the team’s approach to The Wizard.
Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich previously explained her approach to building a writers room, stating that she intentionally avoided trusting those who were too familiar with the source material. She stated on social media: “We need writers who are close, but not too close. Who love the world, but aren’t afraid to question it. Who are fans, but are willing to step back and open their minds, to power to bring his beloved world into our real (great) one.”
The continuing success of The Witcher
Despite a mixed critical reception, Netflix The Wizard it remains one of the streaming service’s most-watched shows, with each new season so far triggering a notable spike in sales for Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels. The release of season 2 sent the source material, blood of elvesit climbed the sales charts upon its release, making the book a bestseller.
A third season is on the way and is currently set to release sometime in the summer of 2023. Also, reports suggest that seasons 4 and 5 have already been greenlit and will be filmed one after another. It is unknown when they will hit the screens. But Netflix is evidently building a sprawling franchise called The World of The Witcher, encompassing the main series as well as its spin-offs. The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolfthe next The Witcher: Origin of Blood and more, which are currently in the early stages of development.
The Wizard Seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix. The Witcher: Origin of Blood is scheduled to be released on December 25.