The Witcher Netflix Show Announced, But CD Projekt Has No Involvement
The Witcher Netflix
(Last Updated On: May 17, 2017)

Netflix has teamed up with Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski to develop a limited run streaming series for the online service based on the novel series, The Witcher.

Over on the Platige website there’s a press release from Netflix. Erik Barmack, Netflix VP, commented about the international series, explaining…

“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” […] “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing Netflix members around the world.”

Quite naturally, a lot of people were wondering if this meant that the series would be based on the games that made The Witcher a globally popular phenomenon over the last decade. However, CD Projekt revealed to IGN that they have no involvement with the project and the whole thing is basically centered around Sapkowski’s novel series.

A rep from CD Projekt Red told IGN…

“CD Projekt RED is actually not involved in this. We wish this project all the best and are looking forward to watching the series on Netflix,”

A bit of a bummer really, especially given that CD Projekt is one of the rare developers that seemed to properly adapt the book into a game that was critically and commercially successful. That’s not to mention that they managed to visualize Sapkowski’s books in a way that it’s going to be tough for the Netflix show to follow behind without people obviously drawing comparisons to the way CD Projekt depicted the White Wolf and many of the supporting cast members of The Witcher… especially when it comes to Yennefer and Triss.

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I’m curious exactly what kind of crowd Netflix will gun for with the series? There’s obviously ample opportunity to go the sex and swords route like Game of Thrones or Spartacus. Alternatively, it could end up being more action-drama related, like the first few seasons of Supernatural or The Walking Dead.

There’s quite a few ways for The Witcher to unfold on the small screen. Netflix, however, has an inconsistent track record when it comes to the quality of their shows or the quality of the seasons for ongoing shows. So we’ll see what they can do with Sapkowski’s work.

CD Projekt Red, meanwhile, happens to be busy at work on the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077.

(Main image courtesy of Styx)

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  • GuyverOne

    Netflix, I don’t see this turning out well but I could be wrong. Would have been better if a European company picked it up instead maybe.

  • ParasiteX

    Let’s hope they don’t have Bill Nye the Gender Spectrum Guy produce this. As seems Netflix has been going straight down the SJW hell hole as of late.

    Maybe an all black cast! So progressive! As i remember back when a bunch of “game” “journos” whined about the lack of this, when Witcher 3 got released.

    Because who doesn’t think blacks in medieval Poland makes sense, amirite?!?

  • Disqusted

    Ah yes, Soros-owned Netflix, home of Bill Nye saves the sex junk, oh oh oh. And that other racist thing, the name of which I’ve forgotten.

    • FlamingoJet

      You DO realize the orignal writer is the one who is responsible for the Witcher games, right? He gave CDPR the rights to use his books but didn’t take profit for it, cause he did not think it would pay off.

      The original creator of the books, is going to be on the team for the TV show, they are adapting the books.

      The games aren’t the books. They are very loosely adapted from it with very liberal creativites taken.

      I don’t understand how CDPR not being on the project is a bad thing and now all of a sudden we just stop caring.

      Games would not even exist without those books.

      • Daniel Ream

        The original creator of the books, is going to be on the team for the TV show

        Which means his name in the credits as a “consulting producer”, he’ll get double royalties from each episode, and the showrunner will cheerfully ignore everything he says.

        • Gerg Arata

          You’re talking out of your ass. You don’t know that will be the case

          • Daniel Ream

            Yes, I do, because this is how it always goes for any TV or film adaptation.

          • FlamingoJet

            That’s for TV.

            This is Netflix.

            Netflix Orginals are so good, anyways.

            While it is OK to be skeptical, don’t be spreading misinformation.

          • Daniel Ream

            Oh, for the love of…

            You seem to be laboring under the misapprehension that shows Netflix buys are produced differently than any other TV show. They aren’t.

            The second Sapkowski disagrees with the showrunner on anything, his “contribution” to the team will drop to zero. I guarantee you that his contract contains nothing that gives him any veto power at all over the show. There’s more money in this one adaptation than Sapkowski will ever see in his entire life. They don’t care about him.

          • FlamingoJet

            Netflix Originals are always good.

            Quit pretending like you know what’s going to happen.

          • Daniel Ream

            God’s teeth, I hate fanboys. It’s like the wankers who still think Eccleston left Doctor Who because of “health problems”.

          • FlamingoJet

            No one’s a fucking fanboi. I’m just saying it’s not all doom and gloom just because Netflix is making it.


  • tajlund

    Well, hopefully it is more accurate than the previous Witcher Tv series. (Wiedźmin/Die Hexer). Though it was still entertaining.

    • Cats736

      Entertaining… it was terrible.

      • tajlund

        Yeah, but over here we were running Hercules, Xena, and dozens of other similar types. They weren’t really high art either, but they were entertaining. Plus the Amazons in the Witcher series had some outstanding talents.

      • Cheap and terrible.