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Netflix Turning “The Witcher” Saga into a Series!

In one of the biggest announcements of the year, Netflix is developing and producing a new English-language drama series based on “The Witcher”, the globally popular fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, that has entranced legions of fans worldwide. This could be Netflix’s answer to HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, and there’s one clear casting choice… “Hannibal’s” Mads Mikkelsen.

Known collectively as the “Witcher Saga”, Sapkowski’s eight novels and story collections center on “witchers” — hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly monsters.

The New York Times bestselling books have spawned a major video game franchise and have been translated into over 20 languages.

“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing The Witcher saga to Netflix members around the world.”

“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series. Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise, The Expanse) and Jason Brown (The Expanse), partners at the Sean Daniel Company are executive producers, along with Tomek Baginski (Oscar-nominated short The Cathedral, BAFTA winning The Fallen Art, Ambition) and Jarek Sawko (The Fallen Art, Another Day of Life) from Platige Image, the Polish production and visual effects company.

“’The Witcher’ stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world,” said Sean Daniel and Jason Brown. “The characters are original, funny and constantly surprising and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling.”

Added Platige Image’s Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko: “There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” was released on May 19, 2015, and has become one of the most awarded video games of all time. As of March 2016, the game has shipped nearly 10 million copies worldwide, Wiki reports.


10 Comments
  • My favorite game series of all time, please do not fuck this up Netflix!!

    • venerablemonster

      This is not based on the games. It’s based on the books. The author has a pretty large dislike for the games. So, manage your expectations accordingly.

      • While I’m sure that the books and the games differ greatly, the only reason that Sapkowski dislikes the games is because they’re costing him book sales, and he has a disdain for videogames in general. I have yet to read the books, but I couldn’t imagine that as a fan of Geralt and the games that I will be that dissapointed.

        • venerablemonster

          That’s fair. And yea, Sapkowski I know is especially put off about the fact that he rejected the initial offer to participate in the profits, instead opting for a flat fee for the IP license. That’s got to sting when the games went on to be such huge successes.

          Having read and played a little bit (not a ton of either to be fair), there’ll be similarities. I’m just expecting to see a lot of people whose introduction was the games be disappointed that it’s not an adaptation of that. Some of the characters are very different between the two mediums.

      • Richter Belmont

        That’s interesting. Fantasy author, Patrick Rothfuss expressed his disdain for the narrative presented in The Witcher games, as well.

        I’ve never played the games nor ever have the intention to but if there is one thing I’ve learned playing video games for 37 years, it’s that story always takes a backseat to game design. So, I’m glad Netflix is basing their series off the books.

        • venerablemonster

          I’ve dabbled in both the games as well as in some of the short form Witcher writing the author’s done. I’ve found interesting aspects in both, but generally found that neither were for me.

          My statement in general wasn’t meant to denigrate the upcoming show either. I just suspect many people who were introduced to the Witcher were done so via the games. I expect a certain amount of disappointment when it’s not what they’re expecting.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Oh man this is beyond exciting! I love the witcher and witcher 3 is one of my favorite video games ever. I’m pretty pumped for this actually. I can imagine the CGI for the monsters will be pretty awesome. This is great news, honestly an announcement I did not expect.

    • The Fucked Up

      Look at Tomek & Platiges earlier work (cathedral and before) to see that design wise this has every potential of becoming awesome

  • Un Gsund

    Please Netflix, dont make a mid age porn out of it!

    • SayTen

      It’s not HBO, so there is some hope.

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