Polish production company Platige Image has announced that it will be producing with Netflix an English language TV series based on the The Witcher Saga by Andzej Sapkowski. These are of course the same eight books that inspired the game series we know and love. The Polish couldn’t be more proud.
Though author Sapkowski was not involved in the making of the video games, he will be involved in making this new TV show. He is positively thrilled that Netflix is doing this, and that the assembled team is already so committed to “staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing.”
The team includes executive producers Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise), Jason Brown (The Expanse), Tomek Baginski (The Fallen Art), and Jarek Sawko (Another Day of Life). Platige also mentioned that Baginski will be directing at least one episode per season. All of which have stated a clear and deep commitment to the books. Daniel and Brown are looking forward to telling a unique story of a family that fights for truth in a dangerous world, especially with Netflix, “the perfect home for innovative storytelling.”
Baginski and Sawko go even more depth, stating that the books hold a moral and intellectual profoundness that goes beyond genre. Under the fantasy cover lies a story about the same modern day challenges we face today, “the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”
I hope that in all of their excitement they will not forget to slow down and take the TV show slowly. There is a lot the books have to offer, details that couldn’t be squished and squeezed into the games, or had to be retold to say something else to fit the medium. The Witcher series is a complicated mammoth of fantasy, to be sure, but I can’t wait to see it on screen. Neither can the owner of Nerd Much, for the matter, as he speculates if The Witcher can turn into a TV series, maybe we’ll get a movie out of the deal too.
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