The Sean Daniel Company (SDC), an established American production company, has become Platige Films' official partner in the preparation of the production of a full-length feature film about Geralt the witcher, the hero of Andrzej Sapkowski's novels. The film will be based on themes from the short stories The Witcher and Lesser Evil from The Last Wish collection. Tomasz Bagiński, who had been nominated for an Oscar for his film, The Cathedral, will be the director.
Andrzej Sapkowski's novels are conquering international fantasy book markets and his short story collection, The Last Wish, had been placed on the New York Times bestseller list. The hero created by Sapkowski, Geralt the witcher, is a monster hunter with superhuman abilities. He is a creature suspended between two worlds - the human and the magical. The Witcher saga is already being compared to the hugely popular Game of Thrones.
The film will be an introduction to the Witcher's world and is planned to be the beginning of a series. Thania St. John, an experienced Hollywood scriptwriter, author of such television productions as Grimm, Chicago Fire and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is working on the script as well as on its film and television continuation. The film is intended for international distribution, its world premiere is planned for 2017. Jarosław Sawko and Piotr Sikora will be the producers from Platige Films' side and Sean Daniel and Jason Brown from the SDC's side.
The Sean Daniel Company is best known for The Mummy franchise, a new adaptation of Ben-Hur, which is currently in production, and the upcoming television series The Expanse. Tomasz Bagiński has directed a number of short films, with The Cathedral nominated for Best Animated Short back in 2003. The Witcher will mark his feature film debut. It isn't known when production may get under way on The Witcher, or when casting may begin.
Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher story has also spawned the hit video game series of the same name. The third installment in the game series by CD Projekt RED, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was released earlier this year. The Witcher was previously adapted into a feature film plus a TV series continuation back in 2001. Are you looking forward to The Witcher making its way to the big screen?