TV adaptations of video games are rare (verging on inexistent), especially since Hulu’s flop with the Myst franchise, a project that vanished into thin air in 2015. Prince of Persia, Doom, World of Warcraft, Assassin's Creed ... There are a few movies adaptations around, sure, but hardly enough. Now Netflix has decided to fill this market gap with the animated series Castlevania and has just announced it intends to run a show based on The Witcher saga. Now that’s interesting.
The video game franchise, created by the CD Projekt developers, was inspired by The Witcher, a collection of short stories written by Andrzej Sapkowski, a Polish fantasy author. The Witchers are monster hunters, trained from infancy to develop supernatural powers.
The hero is a Witcher called Geralt de Riv who lives in a dark medieval-fantasy world. In 2007, Ataria and CD Projekt released a trilogy of video games based on The Witcher, which ended with Wild Hunt in 2015.
Just like George R.R. Martin with Game of Thrones, Andrzej Sapkowski will lead the Netflix project. Fun fact: this fantasy saga was already adapted into a series in 2001 under the title The Hexer by Polish channel TVP. It was followed by a movie at the end of the show. Both productions remained pretty much unknown on the international scene, before being strongly criticised by the author.
This time though, Andrzej Sapkowski is very enthusiastic about the idea of having Netflix adapt his work and the massive universe he's created.
It hasn't been confirmed yet, but it looks like Polish director Tomasz Bagiński could direct the pilot. Producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown (The Expanse, The Mummy) are also taking part in the project. Next step for the creative team: find an actor to play Geralt de Riv (we suggest Mads Mikkelsen), as well as the rest of the cast.