While CD Projekt RED continues to rock audiences with new download drops for its beautiful Witcher game, there comes a stirring from deep within Hollywood. It would seem that a series of full-length movie adaptations of Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher novels could be set to hit the big screen as early as 2017.
Fantasy fans rejoice -- the first full-length movie based on The Witcher video game series is currently in the works over at The Sean Daniel Company. Sound familiar? The Sean Daniel Company is the studio behind The Mummy series, the studio is also currently working on the re-make of Ben-Hur.
It has been announced that Hollywood will work meticulously with Polish company Platige Films on the project. Although you may not have heard of Platige Films, you will most certainly have seen their work. Platige Films is responsible for producing the Halo 5: Guardians cinematics and of course the stunning trailers for CD Projekt Red The Witcher.
Will it play out like the games?
According to the producers, although it stars Geralt of Rivia the movie will not take directly from either the game or the novels. It wants to follow certain themes of the the game but specifically, it will aim to derive the majority of its content instead, from The Witcher and Lesser Evil from Sapkowski's The Last Wish collection.
It is also rumored that the project will begin as a TV series prior to the movie, which will release in 2017. This will act as the introduction to Geralt the Witcher, the nomadic monster hunter for hire, that exists within a duel world of men and monsters. This is the era where Geralt earned his nickname of 'The Butcher of Blaviken.'
To date, there has been no casting news to speak of, but we do know it will be directed by Oscar winning director, Tomasz Baginski. Baginski earned his Oscar back in 2002 with the animated film, The Cathedral.
If you are concerned that this director is not a household name, fear not -- Hollywood superstar Thania St. John, responsible for such TV brilliance as Chicago Fire, Grimm and Buffy the Vampire Slayer has taken responsibility for writing the script.
Yes, you are right, this isn't the first movie...
As with any popular adventure series, this is not the first attempt at producing a feature length movie. Back in 2001 a Polish movie called The Witcher (shocker there) failed to wow audiences at the box office.
The series aims to play out in a similar vein to the critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings movies and the first in the series is slated for release in 2017. Whether CD Projekt Red is involved in the making of the movie is yet to be seen.
For me, this could be a movie with the potential for total unbridled fantasy. As a huge Mummy fan and an avid Witcher player, it would seem that there is nothing about this arrangement that could possibly disappoint.
Ever since I heard the rumors last year, my imagination has been running wild. These movies have huge potential to take the fantasy world by storm -- the series is jam packed full of sex, violence and dragons. What else could you possibly want?! This one has certainly made our 'one to watch list.'