Netflix To Make ‘The Witcher’ TV Series!
Netflix is to develop and produce drama series based on ‘The Witcher‘, the globally popular fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, that also spawned a trio of hugely successful video games!
Known collectively as the Witcher Saga, Sapkowski’s 8 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,” added 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.”
This is a great pick up by Netflix. CD Projekt RED have proved how compelling ‘The Witcher‘ story can been in a gaming format, so I’m eager to see it translated into a live-action tv show! No news on when the series is going to land yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
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