The Witcher is one of those video game series which has managed to improve substantially as it has progressed. Starting off as a book series in the late 20th century by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, it was subsequently adopted by CD Project RED as a new IP. The first game came about as pretty good, although it were the more recent titles that got the core gaming audience to turn their heads. The sequels, titled The Witcher 2 : Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, went on to attain critical acclaim, and have been frequently compared to the Elder Scrolls games. Netflix, the premier video streaming platform, has just confirmed that it will be producing a series based on the world created by Sapkowski, also taking into account the video game series that has spawned from it. In an official statement, the author said the following : “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,” said Sapkowski, who will service as a creative consultant, in an official release. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”Adding to that the Executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown had the following to say :
“The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world. 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.”
The series follows the adventures of the witcher (essentially a monster-slayer who’s undergone extreme physical and mental training), Geralt of Rivia. Taking place in a medieval fantasy world, it follows Geralt as he takes upon seemingly impossible quests relating to the various rulers across the land and gets deep into the political affairs that follow.
Now, video game adaptations have never turned out to be something to be too proud of, at least by looking at the current state of the industry. Citing examples of the recent attempts, namely Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft, one can easily see how they have failed in garnering the interest of the average movie going public. One of the main reasons why this has happened is the lack of a refined script, concerned with the world building and a larger narrative rather than focusing on a simple story, especially fitting all this in under 2 hours or so. Which is why many have wished they were made on TV instead, under a stricter budget but not compromising, as a larger episodic format would help in development all around, character and world.
Hence, the announcement of this coming as a TV series should be a welcome move, appreciated by the fans as it should, on paper, give the makers more time to fully develop and realize the world of the series. And Netflix has proven on more than one occasion how carefully it picks up, and executes, projects. The streaming giant has given the world some much beloved movies and shows and we hope the The Witcher joins the rank of those.
What do you think about this news ? Do you feel that it should have stayed in the video game format or would a Netflix production live up to the mark of the source material ? Do let us know below !