Beau DeMayo, a former producer and writer on The Witcher, has claimed that some writers on the Netflix series “actively disliked” Andrzej Sapkowski’s books and CD Projekt Red’s games.
As reported by The Direct, DeMayo recently participated in a Q&A on his Instagram Stories where he discussed his role as showrunner on the upcoming X-Men ’97 Disney+ series. Speaking about how he assembled the production team for the project, he revealed that those involved “HAD to be a fan” of the material — because that hasn’t always been his experience.
“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),” DeMayo explained. “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 served as a co-producer on two episodes of The Witcher’s first season and penned another story in the eight-episode block before returning as a writer on the second episode of Season 2. He didn’t mention any names and with several changes on the writing team each season, it’s unclear who he is taking aim at and whether those people remain on board.
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich originally underscored the importance of the books and the original short stories when crafting The Witcher for Netflix. “We’re all big fans of the books,” she said. “We’re all big fans of the video games as well, but this is solely based on the books and that’s really where we drew our inspiration from – starting with the short stories.”
The team behind The Witcher have also previously spoken about the future direction of the show’s planned seven seasons, and how the original novels will be the guiding light. Henry Cavill revealed his hopes for Season 3 to be loyal to the books “without too much in the way of diversions,” especially when it comes to the relationships between the core characters.
The third season of the hit fantasy series will bring back Cavill’s Geralt, Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer, and Freya Allan’s Ciri along with several new key players. The Witcher Season 3 is coming Summer 2023, while Blood Origin is out this December, with Minnie Driver joining the cast in a role that will be “pivotal” in connecting the prequel series to the main Witcher series.
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for . Follow her on Twitter.