Netflix to Develop 'The Witcher' TV Series

Geralt of Rivia appears in a promotional screenshot for The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt a video game based on Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels

Geralt of Rivia appears in a promotional screenshot for The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt a video game based on Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels

The New York Times bestselling books have spawned a major video game franchise and have been translated into over 20 languages.

With CD Projekt Red out of the way for the Netflix series, Sapkowski is the only one who will be receiving royalties off the show - assuming he learned from past mistakes before signing this contract, that is. Known collectively as The Witcher Saga, Sapkowski's eight novels and story collections center on "witchers" - hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly monsters.

"Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar", said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, worldwide series. "We couldn't be more excited about bringing The Witcher saga to Netflix members around the world". Even though CD Projekt Red is not working on the project, Netflix has a great track record with material of this sort, as their Marvel series Daredevil has done extremely well on the platform with high reviews. Previous Polish film and TV series adaptations of Sapkowski's "Witcher" saga were made, and the stories were also turned into comic books. "All of my translations in the West - including the English one - were published before the first game", he said.

The Witcher has an engaging, thrilling, and the politically charged story that touches the fringes of grey morality, much like the Game of Thrones series. Tomek Bagiński and Jarek Sawko from Platige Image -the studio responsible for creating cinematic shorts and TV spots for CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - will be involved with production. "I'm excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life", he added.

No release date or casting has been announced yet, nor has any information been provided about just what stories the Witcher TV series will adapt from Sapowski's books.

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