Netflix to adapt The Witcher as a TV series

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May 17, 2017

Netflix has announced it is going to develop and produce an English-speaking drama series based on Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher fantasy book series.

Spearheading the Netflix series as executive producers are Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise) and Jason Brown (The Expanse). The Fallen’s Tomek (also called Tomasz) Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Polish production and visual effects company Platige Image will also executive-produce, while Sapkowski will serve as creative consultant on the series.

As a lot of gaming fans out there will already know, Sapkowski’s eight novels and various stories (which were translated into 20 languages) also spawned CD Projekt RED’s highly popular The Witcher video game franchise. Here’s what Sapkowski said:

“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.”

The Witcher saga follows “witchers,” who are described as “hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly monsters.” Netflix bagged Baginski, who actually directed the intro videos for all three The Witcher video games, to helm at least one episode of the fantasy series per season.

While I’m not sure what the storyline will be for the Netflix series, I’m crossing my fingers for the main character to be Geralt of Rivia (the handsome CGI dude in the image above). Here’s what Sean Daniel and Jason Brown had to say:

“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.”

What do you guys think about The Witcher heading to Netflix as a TV series? Which storylines/characters would you like to see brought to life?

(via Deadline, IGN)