While we’re waiting to see if the Assassin’s Creed movie will break the streak of bad video game adaptations, it was recently announced that The Witcher will similarly be getting the silver screen treatment, with the first film of an intended series landing in 2017.
The film is being produced by The Sean Daniel Company, which you might know from The Mummy films, in conjunction with Polish company Platige Films. You may know them from the awesome CG cinematic opening trailer for The Witcher 3, The Trail, as well as some other works like Halo 5: Guardians’ cinematics. Polish director Tomasz Bagiński is up to direct. No word if Brendan Fraser is up for the role of Geralt.
What may yet distinguish The Witcher movies from other video game adaptations is the fact that the games themselves are based on a series of books by Andrzej Sapkowski. The films are supposed to draw from the themes explored in “The Witcher” and “Lesser Evil” from The Last Wish short story collection. If you like the Witcher lore, I recommend you check out the first two batch of short stories. They’re fun twists on classic fairy tales. The games manage to emulate the weight and themes of the stories, so here’s hoping that translates to film.
Then again, there was a Polish TV series based on The Witcher back in 2002, which we’ll leave you with here so you can mull over any horrifying implications of this project:
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