It’s time to strap on our Witcher medallion and put our witcher senses and monster fighting skills to the test. It has recently been announced that Netflix will be bringing the yellow, cat-eyed monster hunters to the small screen.
According to The Nerdist, Netflix announced on Wednesday that it is developing and producing a new English-language TV drama series based on Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s mega-popular The Witcher novels, which inspired the critically acclaimed video game series produced by CD Projekt Red.
Sapkowski’s eight novels and story collections–known collectively as the Witcher Saga– follow the adventures of witchers – monster hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age in order to combat all manner of murderous creatures. It is important to note that this series will be based on Sapkowski’s books, rather than the popular video game series, from which he does not receive any profits.
“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 in a statement. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series, working alongside The Expanse producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, who are executive producing, and Platige Image’s Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko.
As of yet, we don’t know which of Sapkowski’s stories the TV series will follow. In a joint statement, Daniel and Brown said, “The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world. 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.”
I, for one, am really excited about this news. I have been a huge fan of Sapkowski’s series for a few years now and I have been obsessed with The Witcher video game series for just as long. I can’t wait to find out more information about where this series will go. Once we hear anything else we will be sure to keep you all up to date.