HBO’s Game of Thrones might currently be dominating the fantasy television world, but a big-name announcement today could mean a new contender could soon be on the scene. Netflix has greenlit a new fantasy drama series based on The Witcher Saga, the New York Times bestselling literary franchise of the same name written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The series has spawned an incredibly popular video game franchise and has been translated into over twenty languages worldwide.
The Witcher franchise centers on magic-wielding monster hunters called “witchers” who wield supernatural abilities and weapons of immense power to battle monsters, witches, and various other forces of evil. The core novels in the saga follow the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a powerful witcher, and Ciri, a princess who is a witcher in training.
In a Netflix press release, author Sapkowski says that he’s finally found a studio that will keep his original vision for the rich magical landscape of The Witcher intact:
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. I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.
The series has yet to make any casting announcements, but some big names have already signed on behind the camera. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, the creative team behind SyFy’s The Expanse, have signed on as executive producers. No dates have been set for production or release, but given Netflix’s already packed production calendar, it could be a few years. There’s always the video games to hold you over.