According to media report Wednesday, Netflix will develop and produce a new show based on The Witcher Saga, the series of eight novels by Andrzej Sapkowski that inspired the hugely popular CD Projekt Red RPG games.
Sapkowski – who does not profit from the game series – will serve as a creative consultant on the series. “I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories,” he explained in a press release, “staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing.”
Filmmaker Tomek Baginski, best known for his Oscar-nominated animated short The Cathedral, is also involved, along with Jarek Sawko. Both Baginski and Sawko belong to Polish visual effects studio Platige Image which was responsible for the CGI intros for The Witcher video games.
Baginski – who directed the intro videos for all three Witcher games, as well as the Cyberpunk 2077 teaser trailer – will direct at least one episode per season.
“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 30 years writing,” Sapkowski, who will serve as creative consultant on the series, said in a statement. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
“The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world,” added executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown . “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.”
It was previously reported that a movie adaptation of The Witcher was in the works for 2017, but it seems this effort has been scrapped in favor of a TV show. Sean Daniel (of The Mummy and The Expanse) was previously attached to the movie, but is now onboard to produce the Netflix series, along with fellow producer Jason Brown.