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.
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.
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