Netflix once again is aiming to strike gold this December 2019 with its release of a live-action adaptation of The Witcher. Henry Cavill, now well-known as the fitting depiction of the Superman, gives his all as the star of this fantasy series. The scenes where the main character is fishing huge fish are definitely a standout.

As the HBO’s Game Of Thrones became from a political take of a fantasy series by George R. R. Martin to the groundbreaking visuals and unsuspecting plot twists ended on a very bitter note by a majority of the fan base, many fantasy lovers are looking for another great TV adaptation of an epic story.

Netflix’s Witcher might be a suitable alternative they are looking for. The series was comparable to HBO’s TV hit in terms of detailed storytelling and expansive world-building.

The Witcher had been adapted many times in many forms, starting originally as series of short stories before becoming the acclaimed video game franchise many gamers still enjoyed today. Before you binge-watch the series, let us give you a quick guide of its back story.

The Witcher was a series of short stories written by Andrzej Sapkowski, a Polish author, and focused on the undertakings on a Witcher name Geralt of Rivia, which is being played by Henry Cavill.

The Witchers are gifted individuals having supernatural abilities and trained at an early age to battle different monsters and beasts in the world called the Continent. It was written for a 1986 magazine contest in which it won 3rd place and went on to be published in the fantasy magazine Fantastyka.

After a series of literature success, a video game adaptation was made. It was designed as a role-playing game (RPG) by the developers from CD Projekt Red and published by Atari.

The 1st installment, released in 2007, was met with plenty of positive reviews and eventually resulted in spawning two more sequel installments in 2011 and in 2015, wherein the latest video game is undisputedly loved by critics and casual gamers and even considered as one of the greatest video game of all time.

Alongside the boom of the video game is the comic book adaptation by Dark Horse Comics. There were also existing comic book versions released between 1993 and 1995 in Poland.

Netflix aims to adapt the franchise to the best it can be, under the guidance of Sapkowski himself as part of the creative team. The series is hoping to be faithful to the resource materials.

Now, as the release date is approaching, only the fans, mostly the gamers, can definitely judge its authenticity to the story they once immersed while playing. For what it’s worth, The Witcher is already one of the most awaited TV series of 2019.

Michael Ives
michael@shawmediatv.ca

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