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Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is showrunner for Netflix’s The Witcher

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is showrunner for Netflix’s The Witcher

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The Witcher is also a series of acclaimed video games

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will adapt The Witcher novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski for Netflix, reports Variety. Hissrich, known for writing and producing Marvel's The Defenders and Daredevil on the streaming service, will act as showrunner and executive producer for the series. Netflix announced it would be producing the fantasy TV show back in May.

The Witcher series is comprised of short stories and eight novels about monster hunters known as witchers and centers around the character Geralt of Rivia. The hunters undergo body modification and training to battle monsters using supernatural powers.

The novels spawned a critically acclaimed series of video games as well as graphic novels, board games, and a 13-episode Polish television series in 2002. The first stories were published in the 1980s in the Polish science fiction magazine Fantastyka. The latest novel, called Season of Storms, was released in 2013. There were previous reports the series would have a movie adaptation, but that seems to have been scrapped in favor of a TV series instead.