The Witcher's CGI intro director will helm one episode of the TV series

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Update May 18, 2017: Something worth highlighting that we didn't yesterday: the man responsible for The Witcher series' cinematic intros is on board with the Netflix show.

Tomek Baginski, who works for Platige Image and produced The Witcher 1, 2 and 3's CGI intros, will be getting one episode to direct. Assuming there are further seasons, he'll get one in each of those as well.

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It's as close to proper involvement from the games side as we're likely to get, given CD Projekt's total lack of involvement. Voice actor for Geralt, Doug Cockle, has said he hasn't got anything to do with it either, but would like to.

Personally, if Jason Momoa isn't cast as Geralt, what's been the point of all of human existence up until this point? Think on that, casting directors.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly called Baginski the Witcher's cinematic director - he was only actually involved in the CGI intros to all three games.

Update May 17, 2017: CD Projekt aren't involved with the Witcher Netflix series.

Despite making the only successful adaptation of The Witcher stories, the popularity of which is clearly a key reason the forthcoming Netflix series is getting made, CD Projekt are not involved in it.

After we learned that the Netflix series was happening (see original story, below), we reached out to CD Projekt. Responding via email, they say:

"We are not involved in the project." However, they wish it "all the best and are looking forward to watching the series on Netflix!"

Obviously, CD Projekt are game developers, not TV producers. Nonetheless it's still a little surprising that they haven't even been approached as, say, creative consultants.

Thanks to original author Andrzej Sapkowski's well-documented lack of faith in them, they were able to make a lot of their own decisions in adapting his stories. Given the success of the result, and the fact that it utilises many techniques that television does (e.g. acting, writing, direction, various aesthetic choices), you'd think they might've at least been asked for some tips.

Original story May 17, 2017: The Witcher Saga is being made into a Netflix series. Netflix will work with Polish production and visual effects studio Platige Image to bring Geralt of Rivia to your screen, and original author Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant.

The news comes via an announcement on Platige’s website, which describes the series as a drama, and confirms it will be in English.

“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” says Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP for international series. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing [it to] Netflix members around the world.” 

Sapkowski seems much more excited for this project than he initially did for the Witcher games, saying: “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.”

The series has some serious heft behind it, with The Expanse's Sean Daniel and Jason Brown on executive production duties, and Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner Tomek Baginski on board to direct.

Platige Image have also posted the news to their Facebook page, where they say hours of meetings are behind them, and "production of the series" is ahead of them. So it sounds like this has only recently been confirmed.

Nonetheless, this is obviously hugely exciting. The Witcher stories are just as good as the games, and Netflix have a mostly great track record. We'll be sure to let you know more as soon as we do.

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Grizzard Avatar
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1 Week ago

Please don't suck. Please don't suck. Please don't suck. Please don't suck. Please don't suck.

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1 Week ago

Finger's crossed it's good! I hope it takes off and does well. The fact that Netflix is involved makes me optimistic. If it's poo though, at least we still have the CDPR games.

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Esivo Avatar
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1 Week ago

Yeah he is excited cause money and after the success of the games Netflix probably paid a shit ton to get the rights. I don't know how I feel about this. I love Witcher and I don't want to see the universe and lore get ruined by a subpar television series. I mean, Netflix makes good stuff most of the time and the people behind it seem to know what they're doing, but then again video games and movies(/TV) have a bad history.

Fingers crossed?

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Veirian Avatar
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1 Week ago

You are looking at it the wrong way. It is actually not a video game to TV series adaptation, but book to tv series. I very much hope it is good as I love the books and with Sapkowski behind the scenes things are looking good.

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Esivo Avatar
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Of course, I don't mean it like that. But most of us played the games, didn't read the books, and all that familiarity that we had with them is about to change.

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Well, it's not going to ruin the games, because games will remain as they are, this is completely separate. Of course it will be strange to see different looking and sounding Geralt, but we'll see.

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I like how people are so concerned CDPR are not involved and think it might suck but dont realize *the guy who created the world and characters* will be a consultant. Far more important hes involved then CDPR tbh

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Ben Barrett(2 hours played)
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He wasn't really involved in the games and they turned out pretty good.

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Rock1m1(13 days 4 hours played)
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I am concerned because I may not have liked Witcher if CD Projekt weren't involved with the games.

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Present day Momoa is way too beefed to be Geralt though. I think someone like Stephen Lang would be good but he might be getting too old.

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hpoonis2010(5 days 19 hours played)
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There's been a bunch of Batman movies but no game studio was involved. Given that the stories are older than the software WHY feel the need to reference the software company producing the games? They do not own the rights to the character or the stories so it was pointless to infer that their exclusion was something to write about. Harold Ramis and Dan Ackroyd had nothing to do with the original Spectrum version of 'Ghostbusters'. Piss poor headline if you ask me.

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