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The Witcher is being made into a TV show by Netflix

The Verge logo The Verge 5/17/2017 James Vincent
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Netflix is developing and producing a TV show based on The Witcher. The franchise started life as a series of fantasy novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, before being turned into a number of critically acclaimed video games. Now it’s coming to the small screen, although there are no details on when the show might arrive.

In a press release Sapkowski said he would be serving as a creative consultant on the upcoming series. “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,” said Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

The show’s executive producers will be Sean Daniel and Jason Brown (Daniel has worked on The Mummy and The Expanse; Brown on just the latter) and key members from Polish visual effects studio Platige Image will also be involved. Platige Image created the CGI intros for Witcher video games, although the press release doesn’t state whether or not the Netflix show will itself be CG.

Platige Image’s Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko said in a press release: “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 hero inside of all our hearts.”


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