The White Wolf is jumping from consoles and PC to Netflix. In 2015, The Witcher franchise exploded in popularity with the release of ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.’ CD Projekt RED crafted an open-world game that set the standard for similar games moving forward. Few have even approached the bar set by The Witcher 3.
This surge in popularity helped set the stage for today’s announcement. Here’s what we know.
First, let’s cover some basics for those who haven’t played the games or read the books. ‘The Witcher Saga’ (what the collection of short stories and books are known as) tells the story of young hunters who develop supernatural abilities and hunt monsters. Think ‘The Last Kingdom’ setting (swords and stuff), but with more a lot more magic and monsters. In the games, the story revolves around the adventures of Geralt of Rivia (also nicknamed The White Wolf).
Alright, now let’s take a closer look at the TV adaptation.
The author of The Witcher Saga, Andrzej Sapkowski is joining the TV show 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,” says Sapkowski in the official release. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
You had me at a Witcher TV show, but a few more names are getting me even more excited. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown are onboard as executive producers. Their names might not ring a bell, but their latest credit will. Both serve as executive producers on Syfy’s ‘The Expanse.’
Polish CG visual effects company Platige Image S.A. appears to be tasked with bringing the series to Netflix. Which raises another question. Live-action or CG? No specific mention in the press release. I ask because the company worked on cinematics for every Witcher game and CD Projekt RED’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. Still, if it were CG – you would think Netflix or Platige would have made a bigger deal about it.
I’m crossing my fingers for ‘The Last Kingdom’ quality here. This has the potential to be big. Game of Thrones big? I don’t know about that, but Netflix and Platige have a nice size audience baked in thanks to the games.
We’ll have to wait and see how the two plan on bringing TV watchers into the fold. Swords and dragons should be an easy sell right now. And with Game of Thrones wrapping up (at least the current series), audiences could be itching for a similar show.