Fantasy series The Witcher gets a live-action, big screen adaptation for 2017

Move over, Game of Thrones and Warcraft, there’s gonna be a new fantasy player in town.

The production company behind The Mummy franchise (that'd be Season Daniel Company) and Syfy’s [Blastr’s corporate parent] upcoming epic space opera TV series, The Expanse, will be partnering with Platige Films on a full-length live-action adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher short stories and novels.

Some of you guys may be more familiar with The Witcher video game series -- a dark fantasy role-playing game that saw an exciting third installment unleashed earlier this year -- than the novels themselves.

The character of Geralt the witcher is described as “a monster hunter with superhuman abilities. He is a creature suspended between two worlds – the human and the magical.” Platige says the upcoming adaptation will “be based on themes from the short stories ‘The Witcher’ and ‘Lesser Evil’ from ‘The Last Wish’ collection.”

The film will be an introduction to the Witcher’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 ‘Grimm’, ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, is working on the script as well as on its film and television continuation.

As for who'll sit in the director’s chair, it’ll be Tomasz Bagiński, who saw his short animated sci-fi film, The Cathedral, nominated for an Oscar in 2003. Not being familiar with his work, I can't comment on whether he's the right man for the job, but it seems like a big whopping endeavor for someone whose career has been limited to short movies so far. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

The Witcher movie is set to be released in 2017. Who would you like to see for the role of Geralt of Rivia? (Be aware the trailer below is rated M.)


(via Platige)

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