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The Witcher is being made into a movie

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The Witcher is the sort of video game franchise that just about begs to be made into a movie. In fact, it's already happened, sort of: While the vast majority of people in North America first encountered Geralt and company through the game trilogy, he originally came to life in a series of short stories and novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

He's also appeared in a television series and, yes, even a movie, although according to Wikipedia it was just a pre-release edit of the TV series and not very good. A proper Witcher film may be coming to theaters in the not-too-distant future, however, as Polish production company Platige Image has announced a partnership with US-based Sean Daniel Company to create a full-length feature film based on Sapkowski's novels.

"The film will be an introduction to the Witcher’s world and is planned to be the beginning of a series," Platige said in a press release. "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."

So it's not a movie version of the games—perhaps disappointing for fans of CD Projekt's version of the world—but that does leave open the door for a video game tie-in, which might be really cool. You have to admit, this Witcher stuff sounds like it'd make a pretty good game.

Platige said the Witcher film is meant for international distribution, so you won't have to fly to Poland to watch it, and hopes to have it ready for release sometime in 2017.

Thanks, Polygon.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.