'The Witcher Saga' heads to Netflix as TV series

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 19, 2017

The studio's comment lines up with the announcement of the series, which briefly mentions the game adaptations but makes no mention of direct involvement from the studio, while going on to explain that the series is based on "the globally popular fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski", who does not receive royalties from the game franchise.

The Witcher has an engaging, thrilling, and the politically charged story that touches the fringes of grey morality, much like the Game of Thrones series.

Netflix's original series are, for the most part, pretty awesome whereas video game adaptations tend to be pretty lame, but perhaps combining the two will result in a series fans can be proud of. Because to be fair, between both Andrzej Sapkowski's novels and CD Projekt RED's adaptations and elaborations on the machinations of the world itself (trying saying that 10 times fast), it really feels like all the creatives involved have designed an entire world of potential.

With Game of Thrones soon to conclude its eight season run, the timing couldn't be more flawless for a new fantasy series. As we already know, HBO's most popular fantasy show is on its last season and there are no hints that it will be extended.

However, it remains to be seen if the series will be live-action or will be completely CGI.

Fans of the eight Witcher novels will not be disappointed as show runner Jarek Sawko stated that the book's subtexts will not be lost in the TV adaption. "It is a story about today and today's challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover". Until then we can always relive the story ourselves - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is available on PC and through backwards compatibility on Xbox One, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The team also includes Tomas Baginski, who directed the intro videos in all Witcher games. We might hear more from Netflix in the next months to come. Tomasz Bagiński, the director of the trilogy's opening cinematics, will be directing at least one episode per season.

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