“The Witcher” is officially coming to Netflix.
In a Wednesday press release, Andrzej Sapkowski, the Polish author of “The Witcher” fantasy novels that inspired the hit video game series of the same name, announced he would serve as a creative consultant on the Netflix series.
“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,” Sapkowski said in the press release. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
“The Witcher” Netflix series will be produced by Jason Brown and Sean Daniel (“The Mummy”), and will also include filmmakers Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko, who both contributed to the visual effects in “The Witcher” games.
Though you might think Netflix’s new series is just trying to capitalize on the success of a popular video game series, you have to understand that “The Witcher” is not your average video game.
“The Witcher” games are based on a series of popular fantasy books by the same title, penned by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. He’s won numerous awards for “The Witcher” including the Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture in 2012.
The popular role-playing game series is beloved in Poland — so much so that back in 2011, the country’s prime minister at the time, Donald Tusk, presented Obama with the collector’s edition of “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings” to commemorate his visit.
President Obama visited Poland again in June 2014 and had kind words to say about the game:
The last time I was here, Donald [Tusk] gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, “The Witcher.” I confess, I’m not very good at video games, but I’ve been told that it is a great example of Poland’s place in the new global economy. And it’s a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like Prime Minister Tusk.
In “The Witcher” games, you play a professional monster hunter (a.k.a. “witcher”) named Geralt of Rivia — the protagonist from Sapkowski’s books — who has developed supernatural abilities to battle monsters terrorizing the countryside.