If you've been on the internet at all the over the last 24 hours, then you've likely already seen the news: The Witcher is being adapted as a new show on Netflix. As awesome as that is, (and as badly as we wanna see Mads Mikkelsen play Geralt of Rivia) there's still much we need answered. Thankfully, more news has dropped surrounding the show that may gives us a clue as to how it's all about to go down.
CGI Or Live-Action?
Netflix has yet to announce in what format the series is going to be produced, but it's perhaps the biggest question surrounding the show's development. What we know so far is that the show will be produced by Platige Image, a studio responsible for creating the gorgeous CG scenes in the games and promos like the one below.
Take that into account and add in the fact that Platige stated, "we started production" in their post to Twitter, there's some reason to believe that this may be animated. Not to mention if the show is live-action we may have had some prior leak and so far there are none (that we know of anyway).
Tomek Bagiński of Platige Image who directed the intro scenes for all three games (and who was originally set to direct a movie based on the series) is slated to direct at least one episode of the series per season.
But, if you are hoping the series will be live-action, there's this little piece of news.
For those unaware, Doug Cockle has been the voice of series protagonist Geralt for all three games. Cockle even went on to win the Golden Joystick Award for his portrayal of the character in #TheWitcher3. Recasting him would be a huge mistake, that is if the show is animated. So let's take this as a sign that maybe the series will be live-action?
Will It Be Related To The Games?
We know the series is going to be based on the books, but so were the games. In fact the games were something of an unofficial sequel to the events of the books. However, it was the games, particularity the immensely popular #TheWicher III: Wild Hunt that propelled the series into the phenomenon it is now.
When asked about the #Netflix series a representative from game developer CD Projekt Red said the team "wish this project all the best and are looking forward to watching the series on Netflix!".
In other words the studio won't be involved, but Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the books will serve as Executive Producer and said,
"I'm thrilled Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and themes I have spent over thirty years writing."
The games have been noted to take some liberties with Sapkowski's source material and if the show is to stay true to that, it may mean abandoning the stories created in the games.
What Story Will The Show Follow?
As stated above, creator of The Witcher books is looking forward to the show staying true to his original works. Yet, this is where things get a little odd. Executive Producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown have said about what the series will be:
The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world. The characters are original, funny and constantly surprising and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling.”
I don't know about you, but #Geralt of Rivia never really struck me as a family man. I mean sure he loved his adopted daughter Ciri but if it was about just the two of them, why use the word "family". I'm sure I'm just nitpicking here but something seems a little off with family. Is it Geralt with Yennefer or Triss raising Ciri in the show? That wouldn't be too close to the source material. Or is Geralt even that heavily involved at all?
In the end we'll just have to wait till Netflix confirms more about the show. We don't even have a release date yet – but we can probably safely speculate a 2018 release. Either way let's just hope it's nothing less than amazing!
What are you hoping to see with the new series? Would you prefer the show be CGI or Live-action? Do you want it to connect to the games? Let us know in the comments!