Medieval/fantasy book series The Witcher Saga, also a massively popular RPG game franchise, is reportedly now in line for a (presumably English-language) television adaptation over at Netflix.
To be produced by Polish production company, Platige Image, the adaptation will follow series protagonist, Geralt of Rivia – the titular Witcher. A man with the gift of superhuman-like mental and physical abilities, that aid him in slaying monsters and other dangerous creatures in the land he roams. The Witcher novels have previously been adapted to screen in the form of a 2001 feature film, and a 2002 TV series. Both featuring Polish actor Michal Zebrowski as Geralt, and heavily condemned by series creator Andrzej Sapkowski.
Polish native Sapkowski has shown much support for the development of the series for Netflix, commenting on the announcement in a recent press release:
“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. I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
Also announced are the executive producers on the show, Sean Daniel and Jason Brown (The Expanse). With the former serving as producer on a number of Hollywood films at Universal Pictures since 1980.
They added: “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.”
This will certainly excite fans of both the books and the hugely successful game series. All eyes will now be on who exactly the team will cast as Geralt, The White Wolf. No easy task, for sure.
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