Netflix announced yesterday that it will develop and produce a new show based on The Witcher Saga.
The online streaming giant will adapt the series of eight novels by Andrzej Sapkowski that inspired the hugely popular game series developed by CD Projekt RED.
Andrzej Sapkowski – who does not receive any royalties from the game adaptations – is involved, it has been confirmed. Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant for the series. He said during a press release, “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.”
Tomas Baginski, who has directed the intro cinematic videos for all three Witcher games (as well as the teaser for Cyberpunk 2077), is set to direct at least one episode per season of the show. It looks like Netflix have big plans for The Witcher in the long run.
Back in November 2015, Baginski also announced that he would be directing a feature-length adaptation of The Witcher, but since then no further details have been released. The Sean Daniel Company, the studio behind The Mummy franchise, was said to have been developing the film with Polish film company, Platige Image, that focuses on protagonist Geralt of Rivia and the story of how he became known as “the butcher of Blaviken.”
Platige Image is now set to co-produce the Netflix series and Sean Daniel is attached as Executive Producer. Does this mean that the movie has become the series?
It is too early to tell what specific stories the Netflix series will tell, only that it will focus more on the series of books written by the author. Executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown released the following statement:
“The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world. 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.”
CD Projekt RED has since confirmed that the studio will not be involved in the development of the Netflix series, but wish the project all the best and are looking forward to watching the series when it finally releases. CD Projekt RED are currently developing their newest title, Cyberpunk 2077.
With Game of Thrones soon to conclude its eight season run, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a new fantasy series. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sold six million copies in the first six weeks of release back in 2015, and the trilogy as a whole has sold more than 25 million copies. CD Projekt RED may not be involved, but they brought the franchise a huge community of fans which is certain to boost the popularity and anticipation of this new Netflix series.