Just months after the release of the critically and commercially successful The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game, comes an announcement from the Sean Daniel Company and Platige Films production companies bringing The Witcher to cinemas in 2017.
Known for their work on The Mummy series of films starring Brendan Fraser, SDC and Platige want to adapt The Witcher book series from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski not only to the big screen but also for TV. As screenwriter Thania St. John has stated she will be “working on the script as well as on its film and television continuation”, with Tomasz Bagiński set as director.
As a grim dark fantasy series taking inspiration from anglo-saxon fairy tales, Geralt of Rivia works as a Witcher, a mutant, monster slayer for hire. The game adaptations have had a shaky reception with the third generally agreed to be the best. Let’s hope that the film/TV series doesn’t end up being a copycat of oppressively harsh Game of Thrones and can stand on its own.