Today, it was revealed that Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy franchise The Witcher is being brought to the TV world via Netflix.
That’s right, Netflix has announced that it is developing and producing a new English language drama series based on The Witcher, the globally popular fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, which you may know as a video game series via CD Projekt Red.
Known collectively as the Witcher Saga, Sapkowski’s eight novels and story collections center on “witchers” — monster hunters who via immense training and body modification develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly monsters. More specifically, the saga centers around the witcher Geralt of Rivia, who is also the protagonist in the games.
The project will be handled by Sean Daniel (who you may know from Ben-Hur, The Expanse, and The Mummy franchise) and Jason Brown (The Expanse), who will serve as executive producers. Additionally, Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning Tomek Baginski (who also directed all three of the game’s opening cinematics) and Jared Sawko from Platige Image, a Polish production and visual effects company, will have their hands in the project, with Baginski directing at least one episode of each season. Author Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series.
Sapkowski accompanied the announcement with the following statement:
“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. I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President added:
“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar. We couldn’t be more excited about bringing Netflix members around the world.”
Sean Daniel and Jason Brown further add, followed by Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko
“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.”
“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.”
Further details such as a release window, a cast, etc., were not divulged. We do know that production has begun though.
Personally — as someone who never watches TV — this news excites me beyond belief. Here’s to hoping they do it right.