To the delight of millions of fans, Andrej Sapkowski announced on Wednesday that he will collaborate with Netflix on a The Witcher television series. The Polish fantasy writer will serve as a creative consultant on what is expected to be Netflix’s own Game of Thrones.
Gerald’s Tale Is Not Over Yet
Sapkowski’s work has already gathered a cult following, the series of eight novels following the monster-slaying adventures of the witcher Gerald of Rivia, the bard Dandelion, the sorceresses Yennefer and Triss, and the last child of the Elder Blood, Ciri being read by billions of fans worldwide, the books being translated into over 20 languages.
In 2007, Gerald’s popularity grew astronomically after CD Projekt Red, an independent Polish video game developer adapted The Witcher into an open-world RPG. By the time The Witcher III : The Wild Hunt was released in 2015, millions of players were already hooked on the intricate relationship between the witcher, the two sorceresses, and the lion cub of Cintra. Then, CD Projekt announced that the story of the White Wolf ended with the Blood and Wine expansion and over 25 million hearts broke.
Now, thanks to Netflix, fans of The Witcher saga will not fade into oblivion. Apart from the author of the original series, who did not profit from the video game adaptation of his novels, the streaming giant also managed to seal the deal with Tomas Baginski, the man responsible for all three game intros and cinematic cuts. Jason Brown (The Expanse) and Sean Daniel (The Expanse and The Mummy) will serve as executive producers alongside Banginski and Jared Sawko will oversee visual effects.
It’s not yet clear which of the storylines will be featured in the Netflix adaptation, but if the streaming company hopes to match HBO’s success, they will probably debut with the witcher’s origin story. However, the training is described as torturous in nature, so Netflix may have a hard time sticking by the book.
All in all, here’s to Netflix, the company that is finally taking steps to fulfill the dreams of The Witcher fans. Let’s hope they convince Mads Mikkelsen to take on the role of Gerald of Rivia, the butcher of Blaviken.
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