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Production has begun on a new Netflix television series based on Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher Saga. It has nothing to do with video game maker CD Projekt Red.

Author Andrzej Sapkowski, meanwhile, will be a creative consultant for the series.

"I'm thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories," he said in a press release quote, "staying true to the source material and themes that I have spent over 30 years writing. I'm excited about our efforts together as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life."

 

It's a position in stark contrast to Sapkowski's involvement with The Witcher series of video games, which amounted to absolutely nothing - something he spoke candidly with me recently about.

 

And CD Projekt Red's reaction:

 

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"We wish this project all the best," the studio told me, "and are looking forward to watching the series on Netflix!"

 

N'aww, they're so nice, considering this is only happening because of the games :P

 

Let's be honest, it won't be as good as this:

 

 

 

Any excuse to post that again, tbh!

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The guy who directed that is directing "at least one episode" each series. And it has producers from The Expanse on board.

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4 hours ago, Doctor Shark said:

Let's be honest, it won't be as good as this:

 

I'm not so sure about that. Netflix's popularity has skyrocketed over the years, and I wouldn't be surprised if they throw enough funds at this to make it the best Netflix Original to date.

 

Here's hoping in any case.

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The problem is quality control I believe. The writer only cares for the paycheck, he has said so for the games' deal -and in his interviews he comes off as someone who doesn't really understand the concept of business regarding IP use- so I am worried he will just be 'yeah, just do what you want with it as long as you give me my money'.

 

Anyway, we will see what happens when we know more of it.

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I haven't read the books but my understanding is the games take place after the books, how true to the books are the games, just wondering how much of a resemblance this will bare to the game. 

 

Been meaning to read the books for a while, in fact I've put of my second playthrough of the trilogy until I read the books just to add that extra bit of background. 

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The games are an adaptation of the books' themes but they do not follow the books' storylines. Most of the books' story is in the past regarding the games but Witcher 3 culminates an adaptation of the ''end'' as CD Projekt envisioned it. Sapkwoski has gone in a different direction.

 

The books or ok to read, nothing special.

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Yeah, the Last Wish and the Sword of Destiny -short story books- verged on actually being good. The main books are kind of a mess. They have some interesting characters -bar the ones we know already of course- and some great scenes, but they lack flow and coherence, they leave characters underdeveloped, etc.

 

As a conception it has great ideas and a couple of them feel original -the monsters, for example- but it is evident that nothing was generally planned by Sapkwoski. He was an accountant with no previous writing experience anyway when he wrote the short stories of Last Wish. And that worked, more or less, because it was small and contained. When he decided to go epic, well...

 

Still the world is much more interesting and the characters more complex than contemporary videogame fantasy, as the Witcher series has proved without a doubt.

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4 hours ago, Talk Show Host said:

The problem is quality control I believe. The writer only cares for the paycheck, he has said so for the games' deal -and in his interviews he comes off as someone who doesn't really understand the concept of business regarding IP use- so I am worried he will just be 'yeah, just do what you want with it as long as you give me my money'.

 

Anyway, we will see what happens when we know more of it.

 

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“Sapkowski doesn’t remember how the conversation went but he remembers agreeing to the game. “Well they brought a big bag of money!” he says. It was the same reason he said yes to Chmielarz. ‘What I expect from an adaptation: a big bag of money. That is all.'”

 

:lol:

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1 hour ago, Talk Show Host said:

Yeah, the Last Wish and the Sword of Destiny -short story books- verged on actually being good. The main books are kind of a mess.

 

I actually feel the opposite, the short stories are good fun but the main stories are fantastic, re-reading them recently has been a real pleasure.

 

There's an incredible amount of content for them to work with, I really hope this works out.

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6 minutes ago, Takizawa said:

 

I actually feel the opposite, the short stories are good fun but the main stories are fantastic, re-reading them recently has been a real pleasure.

 

There's an incredible amount of content for them to work with, I really hope this works out.

 

Maybe I should revisit them too? It's been a long time since I read them.

 

I can't argue about the amount of content though. There is a lot.

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9 minutes ago, Talk Show Host said:

 

Maybe I should revisit them too? It's been a long time since I read them.

 

I can't argue about the amount of content though. There is a lot.

 

I wouldn't want to discourage you from trying, but more than likely you'll come back with the same feelings. There's just something about them I really loved.

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I wouldn't want to discourage you from trying, but more than likely you'll come back with the same feelings. There's just something about them I really loved.


I have read that the audio narration in Kindle is great, and from the demo I had downloaded I really liked it. So maybe I go down that road. :)

So, what would you like to see in the series Takizawa?
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19 minutes ago, Talk Show Host said:

 


I have read that the audio narration in Kindle is great, and from the demo I had downloaded I really liked it. So maybe I go down that road. :)

So, what would you like to see in the series Takizawa?

 

 

I've been tempted by those, too, and you've just reminded me to give them a try!

 

As for what i'd like to see, that's tricky... One of my favourite things from the books is the character interactions so I hope they don't skip that in favour of action. There's plenty of opportunity for some excellent flashback scenes,

 

Triss at Kaer Morhen with young Ciri and the Battle of Cintra

for example. I assume they'll start later on and fill in those bits. Happy to remove the spoilers entirely if people aren't comfortable having them in here...

 

In general I just hope it's made to a good standard and that they take their time telling the story.

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2 hours ago, deerokus said:

The audio books are good, even though the (excellent) narrator apparently decided that Geralt is from Hull. 

 

May well be the best way to read the books. 

:D

 

I really need to give these a listen now.

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8 hours ago, Takizawa said:

 

I've been tempted by those, too, and you've just reminded me to give them a try!

 

As for what i'd like to see, that's tricky... One of my favourite things from the books is the character interactions so I hope they don't skip that in favour of action. There's plenty of opportunity for some excellent flashback scenes,

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Triss at Kaer Morhen with young Ciri and the Battle of Cintra

for example. I assume they'll start later on and fill in those bits. Happy to remove the spoilers entirely if people aren't comfortable having them in here...

 

In general I just hope it's made to a good standard and that they take their time telling the story.

 

I am not sure spoiler tags are needed in this thread since it is about the books. If there are any references that relate directly to the games we can use them. Anyhoo.

 

I would really love to see Netflix taking this seriously. I mean, GoT seriously. I would like them to build up and show us the main relationships in a coherent narrative and not simply through flashbacks. The short story books translate well to separate episodes, with different, self contained main stories and an overarching plot (later in the saga), but I would prefer not to see that. I like a single, epic and continuous story and I believe the Witcher series has the characters and the drama to support that. And, most importantly, it has the moral depth and those gray areas which -if fleshed out correctly- can offer us some great moments. 

 

Events like the battle of Cintra, the Nilfgaardian march, the warring Northern Kingdoms, the Scoia'tael plight, etc  can provide excellent background for the more intimate stories of Ciri, Geralt, Yennefer, etc. I only hope Netflix goes all the way and does not shy away from the violence, the sex, the racism and all the themes of power that are represented in the book. 

 

Provided they get the writing, the casting and the directors right, of course.

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Thinking purely on looks:

 

Geralt: Viggo Mortensen maybe? If he wasn't, like, 60?

Yennefer: Anne Hathaway

Triss:Jessica Chastain

Vesemir: Liam Neeson

Dandelion: Jared Leto
Shani: Emma Stone
 

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I'm obviously going to see it, but it'll be more for curiosity than anything else. Geralt's face is now so indelibly linked to what he looks like in W3 that I find it very difficult to see any other version...especially that bloody odd wierdo who's seemingly the only bloke who cosplays him...looks so fucking wrong it hurts.

 

I dunno...

 

 

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Mads Mikkelson has been the popular suggestion, he seems a great fit. I'm more interested in who'd they cast as Leo Bonhart ^_^ 

 

5 hours ago, Talk Show Host said:

I would really love to see Netflix taking this seriously. I mean, GoT seriously. I would like them to build up and show us the main relationships in a coherent narrative and not simply through flashbacks. The short story books translate well to separate episodes, with different, self contained main stories and an overarching plot (later in the saga), but I would prefer not to see that. I like a single, epic and continuous story and I believe the Witcher series has the characters and the drama to support that. And, most importantly, it has the moral depth and those gray areas which -if fleshed out correctly- can offer us some great moments. 

 

Events like the battle of Cintra, the Nilfgaardian march, the warring Northern Kingdoms, the Scoia'tael plight, etc  can provide excellent background for the more intimate stories of Ciri, Geralt, Yennefer, etc. I only hope Netflix goes all the way and does not shy away from the violence, the sex, the racism and all the themes of power that are represented in the book. 

 

Provided they get the writing, the casting and the directors right, of course.

 

It'll be hard for them to cover the span of the books without using flashbacks though, showing the sequences chronologically (ie starting with young Ciri) would be very difficult. Blimey, they could do a whole series just on Ciri's time with Vysogota and the stories of her and the Rats.

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Yeah, I do not think we can simply avoid the flashbacks. I.just do not want them to focus too much on those. Surely some adaptation of the story to fit the tv show format will be made, so I do not expect it will follow the story of the books that closely. Not even GoT does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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