It’s no secret that Netflix can be a good platform for video games to retell their stories, judging by the vast amount of quality series you can find in collaboration with pop culture franchises. And we’ll soon get to see how such a partnership will play out with the addition of The Witcher series as an English drama in the streaming media platform, though it might not feature everyone’s favorite White Wolf, Geralt of Rivia.
CG visual effects company Platige Image S.A., who were also responsible for the cinematics in all of The Witcher games, will take charge of the drama, while series creator Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant. “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 in an official statement. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
As much as we are excited about seeing a game-to-TV adaptation of The Witcher, the final product might focus more on the books instead of CD Projekt’s game trilogy, judging by Sapkowski’s statement. This certainly explains why the development studio “is not involved in” the makings of the show, which means we might not be able to see The Witcher games’ protagonist, Geralt of Rivia as well. It’ll be a huge bummer if this is true, but we can only hope the show runners will do the series justice with its drama adaptation, which is not confirmed whether it’ll be CG animated or live-action at this point.
We haven’t heard anything about the release date or casting either, nor the plot of the story, but it shouldn’t be long until Platige reveals more concrete details. Until then, maybe it’s time to read the novels to find out more about The Witcher universe beyond what’s presented in the games.