Up until now, if you wanted to watch The Witcher in live-action, you needed to watch the 2001 Polish film, the 2002 Polish television series, or turn to cosplay. No longer! Netflix is developing a new English-language drama series based on The Witcher, according to a press release.
The show will not be based on the CD Projekt Red games of the same name. Instead, the series will draw upon writer Andrzej Sapkowski's original novels. There are currently eight books, with the last seeing its English release in March of this year. Sapkowski himself will be a creative consultant for the 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."
Sapkowski has not been a fan of adaptations of his work up until now. He did not have kind words for the film, television series, or the games.
"I can answer only with a single word, an obscene, albeit a short one. I am a Polish Catholic, it is Lent now; I cannot utter swear words," he reportedly said about the previous live-action series (translated via Moviepilot).
"A video game serves a different purpose," Sapkowski told Waypoint about the games. "It works differently. How much substance can there be in the lines of text when the hero walks through the woods and talks to a squirrel? Where's the literature in that? Where's the room for depth or sophisticated language with which games could elevate culture? There's none."
"The offer was they are going to base the game on my books and create their own story," Sapkowski also said. "It's hard to say no to an adaptation offer that comes with a lot of money. Perhaps only an idiot would say no."
There's currently no air date for the series, which has likely not even left the pre-production phase.