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Development news: Witcher adds writers, Shrek producer announces films

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May 9, 2018

While the medieval era seems relatively cohesive, all it takes is a few projects aimed at different audiences to emphasize how different the setting can be. Take the sex-, violence-, and magic-drenched world of The Witcher, the childlike lessons of fairy tales, or the adventure of the Silk Road. Fans of doublets and swordplay will have plenty to enjoy in this round of development news.

Netflix has been working on its live-action TV adaptation of The Witcher books and video games for quite some time, but now, as per showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich, the writer’s room has added some heavy hitters that Marvel fans might recognize.

Jessica Jones alum Jenny Klein and Daredevil writer Sneha Koorse are in the writer’s room as the group breaks the eight-episode season, while Hissrich also comes from Daredevil and The Defenders. The excitingly diverse group of writers (announced on Twitter) also includes Claire Higgins, Beau DeMayo, Declan de Barra, and franchise creator Andrzej Sapkowski, who serves as a creative consultant for the series.

The series aims to fill the void left when Game of Thrones ends next year, with its swords-and-sorcery filming in Eastern Europe (once the episodes are written) for a 2020 debut. The pilot was written by Hissrich, but the rest of the season’s run will be a joint effort from the writer’s room.

Next up, according to Deadline, is a pair of animated films coming from a partnership between Shrek’s John Williams (not the composer) and Riverstone Pictures (run by Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower). Goose Chase and The Silk Road Rally, both written by Charming’s Ross Venokur, will be comedic ventures into the past. Goose Chase is about golden eggs and Little Bo Peep - a caper planned by the aptly-named Simple Simon and Wee Willy Winkie to steal riches and hearts. The Silk Road Rally will host a car race down the titular trading route to cash in on that Chinese theatrical market.

The other films planned from these three are only in name so far, but these names are enough to get your brain puzzling and your kids excited: Genetapets, Alien Rock Band, Zorgamazoo, and Brobots. Details on these titles are forthcoming, but for now, just let “Zorgamazoo” roll around in your head for a while.