Most people out there would assume that if a company like Netflix or Amazon wanted to adapt a video game into a TV show or a movie, all of those on board would probably have to have at least some kind of affinity for the franchise they're adapting. However, it turns out that this wasn't the case with certain parts of Netflix's The Witcher series, as a former producer has claimed that some of the show's writers "actively disliked" both Andrzej Sapkowski's books and CD Projekt Red's games.
First shared by The Direct (via IGN), former producer Beau DeMayo claimed in a Q&A via his Instagram account that several writers that worked on The Witcher weren't too keen on the books or games, some apparently going so far as to "mock the source material." DeMayo explains how much of a surprise this was to him as he believes that anyone working on a franchise has to be a fan of the material, as is the case for the upcoming X-Men '97 series for which he is the showrunner.
"I've been on show – namely Witcher – where some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games (even actively mocking the source material)," said DeMayo. "It's a recipe for disaster and bad morale. Fandom as a litmus test checks egos, and makes all the long nights worth it. You have to respect the work before you're allowed to add to its legacy."
DeMayo doesn't name any writers in particular, so we don't know whether they're still working on the series for Season 3. Despite some apparently disliking the source material, it doesn't change the fact that both seasons of The Witcher have been pretty faithful to the original books. In fact, being critical of a franchise while still working within it is probably a good sign you have decent writers on your hands, rather than a group of people who work with something they believe is beyond reproach.
Even though we'd all like to believe that The Witcher games and books are masterpieces that should be respected, it simply isn't the case. Sapkowski's earlier books are very character-focused, not very good at world-building, and are kind of a pain to get through at all. A writer's thoughts on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt shouldn't even matter at this stage since the first two seasons of The Witcher have absolutely no connection to it.
You shouldn't have to adore every part of a franchise to work with it successfully, you only have to look at Harrison Ford's clear disdain for niche Star Wars trivia for proof. If anything, hiring talented writers who are more critical of a show's source material will likely result in a better end product, as they'll be able to see its flaws more clearly rather than repeat them.
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