Netflix Producing TV Series Based on The Witcher, Author Sapkowski to Oversee

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Get prepared for even more cheesy softcore TV erotica – we’ve learned that Netflix is producing a TV series based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s popular fantasy series, The Witcher.

While details are scant, we know Polish game developers CD Projekt RED aren’t involved (who adapted the series into a highly popular and successful trilogy of games), however Sapkowski himself is on board as a creative consultant (thanks, PCGamesN).

“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 remarked on the project.

The news originally broke via Polish visual effects and production studio Platige Image, who posted the announcement over on their website. They likened the series to a “drama,” and said it will be in English.

Executive Producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown are also pinned to the project, with their collective works including projects like Ben-Hur and the coming reboot of The Mummy. Tomas Baginski, one of the folks responsible for the opening movies in all three Witcher games, is also set to direct at least one episode per season.

In case you missed it – you can read our review for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt here (we highly recommend it, it was our 2015 game of the year!). What do you hope for in a series based on The Witcher? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of someone else’s stories,
    staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent
    over thirty years plagiarizing

    There, fixed that for you, Mr. Sapkowski – you old, lying fuck. Oh, and boo-hooey for you, the games are more popular than your books.

  • LibidinBoy

    U wot?
    from where did Sapkowski plagiarized? I never knew this

  • CrimsonColossus

    From Michael Moorcock’s “Elric” series.

  • LibidinBoy

    from what I can gather, Geralt is no more or less a rip-off of Elric than Elric is one of Monsieur Zenith, as in albino swordmen.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    It’s funny because Sapkowski has gone on at length about how he hates people associating Witcher with the games rather than the books, not surprised he finally decided to just try his hand at getting a TV series made.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Sapkowski is just easy to dislike because he doesn’t seem fond of the method through which his series has gained popularity (vidya), and is very vocal about how video games could never tell the same story as books and etc

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Apparently there was already a Witcher TV series in Poland a while ago.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    There was also a movie, called “The Hexer”, but we don’t speak of that.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    iirc, it was the series cut down into a 2 hour film. A very bad idea, I’m not surprised it didn’t turn out well.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    He’s even started saying the games are only popular because of his books, when half of the Witcher fanbase at this point probably doesn’t even know the games are based on a series of books.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    I’m pretty sure that’s precisely what upsets him so much. Which is fair, and all, but he still became famous either way and his books have sold in numerous languages.

  • Fenrir007

    Oh, I’m glad for this. Soon enough and Chaos Gods willing, my dream of a Horus Heresy Netflix Original will come true. I just have to bid my time…

  • Scruffy, the Janitor

    Uh oh. Elric fans have got to be pissed…

  • Sean Sharpe

    So… He didn’t plagiarize anything? The only thing that the Witcher series and the Elric of Melniboné is a main protagonist that’s a morally ambiguous albino swordsman, although both are characterized rather differently and themes and tropes are radically different.

  • Sean Sharpe

    I’d rather see Dan Abnett’s Inquisitor stories adapted than Horus Heresy.

  • Madbrainbox

    Some Elric fans are salty because Witcher is more popular.Which is funny because Sapkowski is in turn salty because the games are more popular than his books.

    The whole situation is basically this:

  • Madbrainbox

    Get Tom hardy to play Geralt.

  • He plagiarized a series called Elric, a dark fantasy series. Razorfist hasn’t made the video yet, but he does bring it up in his recommend Elric comics.

  • Because unlike le shitty vidya gaems, TV is true art!

  • Sean Sharpe

    I wonder, if my some chance the Witcher Netflix show becomes more popular than the games if CDPR will suddenly act like the series didn’t put them on the map.

  • Madbrainbox

    That’s a possibility.We’ll see in a few years.

  • RomadE

    Why aren’t any news outlets bringimg up that Itty bitty little tidbit?
    I can’t help but think about Razorfist when its plagiarism is brought up. That’s a problem; people shouldn’t think “Razorfist” (i.e. one of the few people, if not the ONLY one) when the Witcher being a work of plagiarism is brought up.

  • No-one brings it up because no-one actually cares outside of the small circle of people who actually know about it.

  • kenshin95

    Fuck off with this Elric Bullshit. There are not that many similarities between the two of them besides simply having an albino swordsman and sharing a couple themes. The stories, the characters, and most of the story themes are ultimately different. The fantasy genre is built on borrowing to a certain extent. Saying the Witcher is nothing but a plagiarism of Elric is like saying that The Lord of the Rings is nothing more than a plagiarism of The Ring of the Nibelung. Sure, there’s some clear inspiration, but they are very different at the end of the day. Nothing against Elric, but come on now.

    Still, I agree with you about Sapkowski’s salt about the games, that is pretty hilarious considering its the only reason most people recognize his work outside Poland.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    The game that got shit from SJWs for being racially homogeneous in a medieval Europe setting is getting its own show?

    Yeah, I can’t wait until they shoehorn in stuff like “WE WUZ KNIGHTS N SHIEET”.

  • Bitterbear

    Netflix? Finally the SJWs will have their dream of having The Witcher portraying canon characters with Plus-sized lesbian, club-footed, blacktinas.

  • Bitterbear
  • There are not that many similarities between the two of them besides
    simply having an albino swordsman and sharing a couple themes.

    You, uh… wanna read over that again?

  • kenshin95

    You wanna actually make an argument rather than just linking to a razorfist video I’ve already seen?

  • I link you to it because he specifically describes a woman that is identical to Yennifer. You said only Geralt is similar, which you are wrong about.

  • MusouTensei

    Looking forward to a diversified abomination.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Thats good too, but I was reminded more of Heimdall, a Norse God, being portrayed by a dude who looks Ethiopian.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing
  • Bitterbear

    In the end it all depends on the acting. Michael Clarke Duncan as The Kingpin was the only salvageable part in the Daredevil movie.

    I’m moist for Idris Elba, but his role as Heimdall was terrible. It’s even worse than Heath Ledger’s.

  • Bitterbear

    That was Rosie from a time that people thought of her as a sweet person.

  • kenshin95

    Yeah, I will give you that Cymoril (or Zarozinia later on) slipped my mind and is, like Elric to Geralt, similar to Yennefer (i.e. she is a dark-haired, willful sorceress.) But still, I stand by the overall point of my first comment, which is that similarities in character design, or a couple lifted elements of plot or personality, do not plagiarism make.

    The key to the relationship between Geralt and Yennefer, for example, centers their shared relationship with Ciri for most of the Witcher series. Anything like that, as far as I am aware at least, is absent from Elric of Melnibone.

    Not to mention, Elric and Geralt, to my understanding at least, are very different characters once you get passed how they look. Just as an example, Elric is an emperor, struggling with the decadence of his people, his own sickness, and a demonic sword which plays a big role in the plot, all elements that are entirely absent from the Witcher. Granted, as Razor points out, Elric does spend much of his time as a wandering swordsman, but his rank still affects his motivation, the plot, etc.

    TL;DR: yes, there are similarities, particularly in the basic concept of Geralt and Yennefer, but Sapkowski added enough original plot, characters, and ideas to make the Witcher something unique and different from Elric.

    So he didn’t take any more from Elric than Tolkien took from The Ring of the Nibelung or many other fantasy authors have taken from the works that came before them.

  • TL;DR: yes, there are similarities, particularly in the basic concept of
    Geralt and Yennefer, but Sapkowski added enough original plot,
    characters, and ideas to make the Witcher something unique and different
    from Elric.

    So did Batman, but that was still plagiarized.

  • kenshin95

    If you feel that lifting a few character ideas or plot elements is plagiarism, I’m not really sure what to say other than that, by that view, pretty much every major work of fantasy, science fiction, and a lot of fiction in general is plagiarized, including Elric itself, which kinda makes this entire discussion pointless.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    Im sure Idris Elba is a good actor, but to cast him as a character based on Northern Germanic folklore is as laughable as when John Wayne played Genghis Khan.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    She was, but she still didn’t look the part

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    I am a huge fan of Death Note and I will never, ever acknowledge that shitty TV show or watch it.

  • Fenrir007

    Anything Dan Abnett would be great, to be honest.

  • Arenegeth

    Well… It probably won’t be worse than the original Polish show, or so I hope.

    And though I also hope they will leave the SJW’isms and general dumbing down to a minimum, since I think the original story, considering they remain faithful to the books, can sell by itself, especially after Game of Thrones opened the gate for that sort of show to a mainstream audience (and the popularity of the games helps of course). I’m still not convinced that Netflix executives won’t muck things up because they’re trying to reach this demographic or that demographic.

    And Sapkowski overseeing the show means as much a GRRM kinda doing it with Game of Thrones. Because when networks or studios buy a license to a book or a game, they don’t buy a license to make a series or movie out of it, they buy a license to fuck it up.

  • Batman was straight-up plagiarism. Elric I would like to know more, but so far, it seems to be the case as well.

  • J_Joestar

    isn’t he just salty because he didn’t think the games would catch on and just took a lump sum payment for the rights rather than royalties?

  • kenshin95

    I can’t speak to Batman specifically, cause I’m not familiar enough with the actual batman comics, and I know next to nothing about The Shadow, the work people say it ripped off.

    I have read the Witcher books though, and I looked into the plot and characters of Elric when the whole plagiarism controversy came up, and personally I couldn’t find that much between the two other than some character outlines for Geralt and Yennefer, and a fondness for subverting fantasy tropes. My opinion, at least from what I know. But I do need to actually read through the elric books/comics to say for sure.

    But hey, if you want to know more, why not check out Elric and the Witcher books, if you’re into that sort of thing? Elric seems interesting, and the Witcher books are good, the English fan translations are solid. Then you won’t have to rely on what Razorfist or some random guy online has to say about it.

  • Bitterbear

    You should see the mental gymnastics SJWs go through to justify black L. My favourites are It’s a retelling so it’s alright and It’s too Japanese. It has to be localized for an American audience.

    Also, gotta love how the Asian-Americans who wrote outrage at the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie are silent about the Netflix adaptation.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    The stupidest part is, L was already ethnically diverse. According to the creator:

    [ When asked about L’s ethnicity, creator of the series Tsugumi Ohba
    responded, “I think of him as a quarter Japanese, a quarter English, a
    quarter Russian, a quarter French or Italian, like that.” ]

    They literally blackwashed him.

  • I actually already own two of the Witcher games, and I plan on reading Elric in the future.

  • Bitterbear

    Pshaw. You know the usual suspects will only say They’re all white people.

  • Robert Harden

    Ya let’s just forget that both series plots revolve around multiverses.
    The Conjunction of the Million Spheres of Moorecock in 1981 vs The Conjunction of the Spheres in Witcher. Both central to the plot.

    No plagarism here.

  • Robert Harden

    Ya let’s just forget that both series plots revolve around multiverses.
    The Conjunction of the Million Spheres of Moorecock in 1981 vs The Conjunction of the Spheres in Witcher. Both central to the plot.

  • Sean Sharpe

    Moorcock was hardly the originator of the concept of multiverses in fiction. While he arguably defined how they existed in the realm of fantasy fiction it was something that DC Comics was playing with since the 60’s.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not huge into Sapkowski. His stories are enjoyable enough but he “plagiarizes” Tolkien just as much as he does Moorcock… As does most other fantasy ever made. It’s criminal Moorcock doesn’t really get the credit he deserves as one of the masters of the genre but it’s silly to say he was plagiarized.

  • Robert Harden

    Oh, stop with the goal post shifting. No one claimed Moorecock created the multiverse idea.
    The Witcher series literally stole a plot point from the Elric series down to the fucking name.
    It’s literally almost the same thing.
    But no, you would rather deflect by bringing up Tolkien.