Netflix plans to launch its The Witcher live-action TV series in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Former Superman actor Henry Cavill will portray monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, the protagonist of the fantasy series created by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.
The first season of the series will consist of eight one-hour episodes, with the first due to air between October and December, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said (via Variety) during an earnings call this week.
“You start seeing later in the fourth quarter some of our bigger film investments coming through like Irishman, like 6 Underground and also a big new original series that we’re currently shooting in Hungary called The Witcher, that is an enormous European IP, very popular game and book IP, that we think is going to make a really fun global series”, Sarandos said.
According to publisher CD Projekt, the Witcher series of role-playing games has sold some 33 million copies across three releases since launching in 2007.
The most recent, 2015’s critically acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is by far the most commercially successful entry in the series.