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VIDEO: Here's our first look at Netflix's The Witcher TV show

VIDEO: Here's our first look at Netflix's The Witcher TV show

A teaser trailer for Netflix's The Witcher television series was released at this year's San Diego ComicCon.

The video (below) gives us a taste of what Geralt and co will look like in the TV show, as well as showing off the mature tone that showrunner Lauren Hissrich was discussing just last week.

Netflix's The Witcher show is based on the original books from Polish author Andrej Sapowski, as opposed to the video games from local studio and publisher CD Projekt. Superman actor Henry Cavill is in the lead role.

The aforementioned author and the developer have long been in something of a passive-aggressive conflict over the series' international success, with Sapowski insisting that his books are the reason for The Witcher name being so well-known. He sold the rights to CD Projekt RED for a reported upfront fee zł35,000 ($9,500), rather than a small amount than royalties later on.

In October 2018, Sapowski's lawyers got in touch with CD Projekt demanding $16m in royalties - six per cent of lifetime revenue for the RPG franchise. The Polish developer said that the author's request was "groundless". In February 2019, it seemed this was close to being resolved.

It's likely this conflict arose out of the deal surrounding The Witcher Netflix show, with IP lawyers taking a peak at previous deals that Sapowski had struck.


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