Fans of the hit game and book series The Witcher will be pleased to know that it is getting a Hollywood adaptation. I know for sure that I am. In fact, I’ve already started chatting with friends about who could play who. However, the plot is unknown at this time, so who knows who is going to make an appearance. Well, besides Geralt… not really a Witcher movie without him.
From what we know so far, the movie won’t be a direct adaptation of any of the games or novels, but in fact inspired by events and themes from two short stories written by Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher and Lesser Evil. I haven’t read the stories myself, but after playing the games I think it’s safe to say there will be monster slaying beautiful set pieces. And thanks to Game of Thrones, there’s a good chance we will get an 18A/R rating to truly hit the tone of the series.
The film will be directed by Tomasz Bagiński, who directed the opening sequences in the first two Witcher titles, which leads me to believe it will be mch like the upcoming Warcraft film, blending CGI with live action. The script will be penned by Thania St. John, who has plenty of experience under her belt. They aim to have this movie set up sequels, as well as potentially turning it into a TV series – which I would watch the eff out of.
This isn’t the first time a film adaptation has occured for The Witcher. Back in 2001, a Polish film was made based off the series, but it was poorly received, both critically and commercially. Mind you, it was all filmed in Polish and didn’t get much of a North American release, so there wasn’t much room for it to grow.
The Witcher aims to hit theatres some time in 2017, and I’m putting in my vote for Mads Mikkelsen as Geralt.