A new English-language Netflix series has been announced based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher saga, the inspiration for CD Projekt Red’s popular RPG trilogy.
Platige, a production company who also worked on the Witcher game series, will be involved in the show’s creation. Platige’s Tomasz Bagiński, who directed the game’s opening cinematics and worked on the Oscar nominated short the Cathedral, will direct at least one episode per season.
“There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre,” said Bagiński and fellow producer Jarek Sawko. “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.”
No specific details have been released yet and it is unclear which of Sapkowski’s eight novels the show will draw from, or which of its many characters will feature.
“The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world,” said executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, who previously worked together on Syfy’s The Expanse. “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.”
Much like their video game adaptation, the books are full of fascinating, morally-ambiguous characters navigating a difficult political climate in a high fantasy setting. The world they inhabit is plagued by supernatural monsters, and young hunters must train from an early age to master the Witcher abilities necessary to defeat these deadly creatures.
With a wealth of interesting character studies and a strong set of stories to draw from, it’s easy to see why Netflix were keen to adapt the series. The novel’s author Andrzej Sapkowski is thrilled to see his work picked up by the streaming service.
“I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life,” said the author, stressing that the series would be staying true to the source material.
Bagiński and Sawko further emphasized that the show would stick to underlying themes of the book, “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.”
So far no release date or casting information has been announced.