The stories of Geralt of Rivia, the White Wolf, from The Witcher are perhaps best known from developer CD Projekt RED’s video game series, which includes 2007’s The Witcher, 2011’s The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, and 2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
But the games are actually based on Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski‘s short stories and novels, which are now set to be adapted into a new feature-length movie currently expected to be released in 2017. It’s been announced that Platige Films has joined forces with the Sean Daniel Company for the movie, which is being planned as the first in a series of movies.
You can read more about the news below.
Here’s the full announcement from Platige’s official website:
The Sean Daniel Company [SDC], an established American production company – known for â€˜The Mummyâ€™ franchise, a new adaptation of â€˜Ben-Hurâ€™, which is currently in production, or the television series â€˜The Expanseâ€™ â€“ has become Platige Filmsâ€™ official partner in the preparation of the production of a full-length feature film about Geralt the witcher, the hero of Andrzej Sapkowskiâ€™s novels. The film will be based on themes from the short stories â€˜The Witcherâ€™ and â€˜Lesser Evilâ€™ from â€˜The Last Wishâ€™ collection. Tomasz BagiÅ„ski, who had been nominated for an Oscar for his film, â€˜The Cathedralâ€™, will be the director.
Andrzej Sapkowskiâ€™s novels are conquering international fantasy book markets and his short story collection, â€˜The Last Wishâ€™, had been placed on the New York Times bestseller list. The hero created by Sapkowski, Geralt the witcher, is a monster hunter with superhuman abilities. He is a creature suspended between two worlds â€“ the human and the magical. The Witcher saga is already being compared to the hugely popular â€˜Game of Thronesâ€™.
The film will be an introduction to the Witcherâ€™s world and is planned to be the beginning of a series. Thania St. John, an experienced Hollywood scriptwriter, author of such television productions as â€˜Grimmâ€™, â€˜Chicago Fireâ€™ and â€˜Buffy the Vampire Slayerâ€™, is working on the script as well as on its film and television continuation.
The film is intended for international distribution, its world premiere is planned for 2017. JarosÅ‚aw Sawko and Piotr Sikora will be the producers from Platige Filmsâ€™ side and Sean Daniel and Jason Brown from the SDCâ€™s side.
In addition to the books and games, The Witcher stories have already been adapted into a movie before in 2001, as well as a 2002 TV series and comic books.
[Source: via Polygon]