The geekier recesses of the internet collectively lost their minds this week in response to a huge announcement: The Witcher Saga is coming to streaming television. Netflix and Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski formally announced that they will be joining forces to bring The Witcher to life on the streaming service.
The Witcher series recounts the various fantastical adventures of powerful monster hunters known as “witchers” who wield magics and weapons of great power to defeat witches and warlocks, hideous monsters, and the forces of darkness. The main story arc in The Witcher Saga centers on Geralt of Rivia, a powerful male witcher, and Ciri, an incredibly powerful witcher known as “the Lady of Time and Space” for her abilities to bend reality to her will.
While the Witcher novels and short story collections have been translated into twenty different languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists, the series is currently best known for its blockbuster video game franchise. The Witcher 3 alone has been awarded over 250 “game of the year” awards since its release in 2015.
In a Netflix press release, the series’ Sapkowski said he’s lucky to0 finding a studio willing to keep his original vision for the saga alive:
I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing. I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.
No release date has been set, and the series has yet to be cast. However, Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, the creative team behind SyFy’s hit series The Expanse, have signed on as executive producers. If the success and critical acclaim of that series are any indication of what fans of The Witcher have in store, the world of fantasy television could soon have another hit on its hands.