CULTURE & ARTS
05/17/2017 12:06 pm ET

‘The Witcher’ Fantasy Franchise Is Coming To Netflix

The bestselling series by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski will be the network’s next big drama.

 

Netflix has a new drama series in the works, derived from a popular fantasy series called “The Witcher” saga. The network announced it will adapt Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s eight-book series into a show.

“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,” Sapkowski said in a statement. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

That source material includes three short-story collections and five novels, all centered on its noir-inspired antihero, Geralt, who’s spent his life hunting monsters.

A review of the stories from Fantasy Book Review U.K. notes that the characters’ “codes of behavior” bear comparisons to Slavic mythology. The books ― which were written in Polish in the mid-’80s and early ‘90s ― have been rolled out in America and the U.K. since 2007.  The books have been translated into more than 20 languages. The seventh book of the series, Lady of the Lake, was released in English in March, from science-fiction imprint Orbit.

Netflix often relies on books with pre-established fan bases for its series’ source material. Its recent adaptations include “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “13 Reasons Why,” “Girlboss” and “Anne with an E.”

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