Netflix is currently developing a television series based on the fantasy series of short stories and novels about The Witcher. For those unaware, this is the same universe which inspired CD Projekt RED to release its highly acclaimed trilogy of video games.
Andrzej Sapkowski, the creator and author of all nine books, will be serving as a creative consultant. The television series will be co-produced by Netflix, but also involve Sean Daniel and Jason Brown from The Sean Daniel Company. The pair is responsible for producing the amazing ongoing sci-fi series, The Expanse. They were also involved in The Mummy franchise.
It has also been confirmed that Tomas Baginski, the director responsible for the intro videos of all three Witcher games, as well as the stunning Cyberpunk 2077 teaser, will return to direct at least one episode of the show.
“I am thrilled that Netflix will be doing adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski, who has been on a rampage recently to show discontent over how he could not profit off the games.
The author believes that the video games lost him book sales, and maintains the opinion that his novels made the games popular, not the other way around. It is unknown as to how CD Projekt RED managed to get hold of the license. It is assumed that Sapkowski gave it away without realizing how big of a franchise it would become in the later years. As such, the author receives any money from the sales of the games. His involvement in the television series should turn that frown upside down.
There is no word on when the first episode of The Witcher TV series will arrive. Since it is in development, we shouldn’t hold our breaths.