Netflix announces new drama series based on fantasy saga The Witcher
Could this be a hot new rival to Game Of Thrones?
A series based on The Witcher is going to Netflix, and fans of the role-playing video game and books franchise have shared their excitement over the new TV prospect.
The streaming network is developing an English language drama series based on the fantasy saga, penned by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.
Sapkowski has written eight novels in the collection, known as the Witcher Saga, based on hunters called witchers who fight off deadly monsters after having gained supernatural powers.
Netflix are making a series of The Witcher. I repeat. Netflix are making a series of The Witcher. pic.twitter.com/VNNZbO4bdC— Garbhan (@garbhan92) May 17, 2017
The best-selling books paved the way for a major video game franchise that has since been translated into more than 20 languages.
Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president for international series, said: “Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar.
“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing The Witcher saga to Netflix members around the world.”
NETFLIX IS GOING TO PRODUCE A SERIES BASED ON THE WITCHER IM SCREAMING IVE BEEN BLESSED— Lin @ Prince of soup saved my 2018 (@arghenthia) May 17, 2017
Sapkowski, who will serve as the series’ creative consultant, added: “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 30 years writing.
“I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
As the news broke of the new show, fans took to Twitter to air their enthusiasm and hopes for the project.
Hopefully #TheWitcher Netflix series is every bit as badass as Game of Thrones, but with more fantasy stuff! Looking forward to it!— MrTrippy (@IMrTrippy) May 17, 2017
Netflix doing a TV series on The Witcher is fantastic news! Can't wait to see how it turns out. Witcher 3 is one of the best games ever.— Chris Holmes (@homez99) May 17, 2017
Another had a casting suggestion for the series’ lead protagonist, Geralt of Rivia.
I hope the Witcher Netflix series will be a adaptation of the book series. And I am hoping that Vigo Mortenson (Aragon) will be Geralt.— Mickeysei (@Mickeysei34) May 17, 2017