“Later, it was said the man came from the north, from Ropers Gate.”
This one quote was enough to send the internet reeling last week. The news The Witcher saga is getting a Netflix adaptation spread fast and it’s no surprise Platige Image notes a 36% rise on NewConnect, the local stock market, the same day the announcement is made.
Platige is a Polish production and visual effects company. They deal with computer design, 3D and special effects. The studio is known for the production of the Oscar-nominated short The Cathedral directed by Tomasz Baginski. From their more recent endeavours, if you’re familiar with The Witcher franchise, they’re the ones who created the cinematic trailers for the games.
The Witcher saga is a book series written by Andrzej Sapkowski. It’s always been hugely popular in Poland and it gained momentum when CD Project Red created the Witcher games in 2007-2016. They were the game changer, so to speak, in the history of the saga. Since then, the books got translated into over 20 languages and became a big deal. It seems it was only a question of time before one of the big companies would decide on making a proper adaptation.
“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar. We couldn’t be more excited about bringing Netflix members around the world,” says Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series.
Now it’s down to Netflix to give the fans the adaptation they deserve. The fantasy franchise will be brought to life as an English language drama series. it’s going to be based on the Witcher saga, the 8 books written by Sapkowski, and it’s going to tell the story of the witcher Geralt, a hunter battling deadly creatures.
Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Image will still be working on the Witcher production. The viewers can expect beautiful cinematography, as Bagiński will also direct at least one episode each series. With Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise) and Jason Brown (The Expanse) as the executive producers and Andrzej Sapkowski as the creative consultant, it’s quite obvious fan expectations are high.
“There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover,” say Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko. “It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”