For the longest time, fans have been waiting for the first real big video game movie success. After decades of subpar-to-terrible entertainment. Super Mario Bros. Tomb Raider. Resident Evil. While they have all had varying levels of success, few would call them big runaway hits that caught on with massive audiences (especially Mario). Last year, we hoped Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed would allow the genre to thrive, but here we are in 2017, and little has actually changed.
However, perhaps we were looking at the wrong medium. Earlier this year, it was confirmed that a Castlevania animated TV series would be coming to Netflix, and its enthusiastic producer discussed how he expected it to be the best video game adaptation to date. With that in mind, perhaps we were wrong to look at film as a way to adapt great stories from video games. Perhaps the perfect medium was, in fact, television.
In today’s landscape, television is a real storyteller’s medium. No longer does the format restrict filmmakers to “monster of the week” series, but it allows them to tell nuanced, complex stories that were never possible before. Could this be what video game fans were looking for? It seems like some folks are catching on.
IGN is reporting that Netflix is adapting a series based on the novels from Andrzej Sapkowski, which served as the foundation for the popular video game series. Admittedly, this isn’t quite the same as a series adapted straight from a video game series, but it is a start -- especially if it works out. After all, in the States, this is a series that's perhaps best known as a video game series.
According to the outlet, the author will serve as consultant on the series. Here’s what Sapkowski had to say in a press release:
“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."
For those who are hoping for some flavor of the video games to be retained, Tomas Baginski, the one who directed the intro videos for the game series, is on boar dot direct at least one episode per season.
Executive producers Sean Daniel and Jason Brown had the following to say about the upcoming series:
“The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world. The characters are original, funny and constantly surprising and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling.”
Baginski and other executive producer Jarek Sawko had the following to say about retaining the subtexts in the novels:
"There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”
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