The Witcher, while perhaps best known as a series of video games, began as a series of books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The saga will now make its way to a new medium of entertainment through a Netflix-developed drama series.
Sapkowski himself will serve as a creative consultant for the Netflix series, but I wonder how much creative control he will relinquish, considering his previous thoughts on the video game adaptation. While Sapkowski recognizes the video games as being well made and deserving of respect, he’s quoted in a 2012 Eurogamer article as saying “in no way can it be considered to be an ‘alternative version’, nor a ‘sequel’ to The Witcher Geralt stories. Because this can only be told by Geralt’s creator. A certain Andrzej Sapkowski.”
Assuming Sapkowski isn’t doing all the writing for this new series, it seems he’s mellowed just a bit on how he’d like his franchise handled. At the same time, it sounds like he doesn’t expect Netflix to stray too far from his original novels, which the games may have done more of than he liked. “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 said in a press release.
What do you think of this newly announced Netflix series? Do you think this will be Netflix’s response to HBO’s Game of Thrones, or is it doomed to fall to the wayside like some other Netflix originals?