Netflix Producing a Witcher TV Series
The Platige Image, Polish visual effects and production studio that has worked with different firms such as Commercial for Huawei and Cinematics for Total War: Warhammer 2, announced that it is producing a Netflix TV series based on the famous Witcher. The writer of the Witcher books, Sapkowski Andrzej, will act as the production’s creative consultant. Previously, Andrzej has been critical of the games arguing that it is just an alternative to reading his characters and world.
Developing an English-Language TV Show
The show will be developed in English-language. The franchise began as a series of fantasy books by the said writer, before being transformed into video games – for gamers to enjoy. Now it is coming to the screen near you, although there is no information on when the show will arrive.
In a press release, Anderzel said that he would be acting as the creative consultant on the show. He said that he was thrilled that Netflix will be adapting his story, remain true to the original material, and the themes that he has spent over 30 years writing. He also wrote that he was excited by their efforts as well as the team assembled to bring these characters to life.
It was previously said that a movie adaptation of the novels was in the progress for 2017, but it seems that effort was scrapped in favor of a television series. Sean Daniel (of The Expanse and The Mummy) was previously attached to the idea of a movie but is now committed to producing the Netflix show, along with another producer, Jason Brown.
Filmmaker Tomek Baginski, who is well known for his Oscar-nominated animated short The Cathedral, will also be involved, together with Jarek Sawko. Both Tomek and Jarek belong to the Polish visual effects studio Platige Image – it produced the CGI introduction for The Witcher video games.
In a press release, Sawko and Baginski said that there was an intellectual and moral depth in those books which go beyond the field. They continued to say that it’s a story about today as well as today’s issues, hidden under a fantasy cover. The story concerns us, the monster, and hero.
Faithful to the Books
Sapkowski’s presence in the series shows that the series will stick closer to the novels than the games if his previous comments should be considered. Beyond the writer, The Expanse’s Jason Brown and Sean Daniel will offer a new angle to the series, as executive producers while Baginski is directing.
Previously, video games have proven a hard nut to crack when being adapted into series, with 2016’s Assassin’s Creed being a great disappointment. Hopefully, this series will be a hit and succeed for Netflix, but lack of any notable talent at this juncture is starting to ring alarm bells.
As the year comes to the end and 2018 knock the door, keep your eyes on the screen for this video game-themed series from the Witcher novels.