'The Witcher' TV Show Coming to Netflix

Series to be based on Andrzej Sapkowski's series of novels rather than the video games

Series to be based on Andrzej Sapkowski's series of novels rather than the video games

Netflix is developing a new TV show based on The Witcher. The upcoming show will be based on the eight-part series of novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski rather than the video games themselves, with Sapkowski serving as a creative consultant on the show. "I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories," he explained in a press release, "staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing."

"Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar," said Erik Barmack, Netflix's vice president of international series. "We couldn't be more excited about bringing The Witcher saga to Netflix members around the world."

It hasn't been announced yet whether the show will follow the novels from the very beginning, or if there are specific stories from the saga that will be cherry-picked. Executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown (who have most recently worked on SyFy's adaptation of The Expanse series of novels,) said: “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."

Tomek Bagiński and Jarek Sawko from Platige Image – the Polish production and visual effects company that has worked on cinematics for the first two Witcher games as well as the Cyberpunk 2077 teaser trailer released in 2013 – will also be executive producers. Bagiński will also direct at least one episode of each season.

So far there's no information on release date or casting. Let the speculation begin. We're thinking Mads Mikkelsen as Geralt – he certainly looked the part in the 2013 French language movie Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas.