While it’s tough to get terribly excited about most new video game movies, I have a hunch that this bit of news is going to get fans hopping up and down pretty quickly. Polish production company Platige has come out with a press release revealing that they’re making a live-action adaption of The Witcher for Netflix. It’s an English language show based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s original books which have been adapted into the video games we all know and rave about.
Both Netflix and the author seem excited about the partnership:
“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix vice president, international series, in the statement. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing Netflix members around the world.”
“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 thirty years writing,” added Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
Even though the show will be based directly on the original books, Platige is the company that made TV spots for The Witcher 2, The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 for CD Projekt Red, though the studio was not mentioned in the release. Platige has also made videos for Prey, Ghost Recon and League of Legends. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown will serve as executive producers for the show, and they’re currently EPs on The Expanse.
It’s hard not to be pretty excited about this prospect, as the books and games are both great, and a Netflix show seems like the logical choice for an adaption like this. A blockbuster film would probably end up being terrible because well, that’s always what happens with video game movies. An ongoing show makes sense for a story as epic as The Witcher’s (though no word on where the show will actually start) and Netflix will allow it to be as bloody and nudity-filled as it needs to be. And it certainly needs to be nudity-filled, which we all know is the core of The Witcher’s appeal. Joking. Sort of.
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