Looks like Netflix may have the next Game of Thrones on its hands, minus the dragons. Yes folks, the Witcher is coming to Netflix. Nudity, check, language, check, violence, double check. Bad ass men and women with armor and swords? Check, check and check.
The new broke today, via a press release by Platige Image, the visual effects house in Warsaw, Poland. Platige is no stranger to the world of the Witcher, having produced TV commercials for CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The studio also made the 2013 teaser trailer for CD’s next project, Cyberpunk 2077.
The show, based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher, which has a total of eight novels and a collection of other stories, will be an English-language drama, according to the press release, despite being a local Polish novel and developed video game. So, at least we can enjoy watching it here in the States (selfish? Meh, maybe).
“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix vice president, international series, in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing 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.”
The show has some decent pedigree, with producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, who both worked on The Expanse for the Syfy network, as well as Platige Image’s Tomek Bagiński and Jarek Sawko also producing. Author Sapkowski, will also be a part of the show as a creative consultant, which is promising, as he’ll want to keep the series true to the stories he’s written, much like George R.R. Martin and Game of Thrones. As for CD Projekt Red, the game development studio behind the Witcher games, has thus far, not been mentioned.
Since this show has just been announced, we don’t know how long until we’ll see it on screens, but let’s all hope this is sooner than later.