Following in the footsteps of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, which are both due big-budget movie adaptations in 2016, CD Project RED’s hit series The Witcher is the latest videogame to be eyed up for the silver screen.
Originally adapted from a series of novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, it looks like the film will follow their lead more than the actual videogame. It is being brought to life courtesy of a team-up between the Sean Daniel Company (SDC) – previously responsible for the Mummy trilogy and Syfy’s The Expanse – and Platige Films.
For those who are unfamiliar, The Witcher centres around the adventures of Viking-esque monster-slayer-for-hire Geralt, whose journey in the videogames is determined by the choices that he – or rather, the player – makes. This capacity to plan your own journey and the lack of black and white morality on show was one of the factors in the videogames’ success, and could bode well with regards providing material for a film. Tomasz Bagiński is attached to direct, with Jarosław Sawko, Piotr Sikora, Sean Daniel and Jason Brown involved as producers.
And that’s not all. Intended as the first in a series of films, there are also tentative fans for a TV series, with Thania St John (Chicago Fire) working on the script.
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