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The Witcher is coming to theaters

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The Witcher is getting the live-action treatment in a new film based on the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, and it's getting some Hollywood help.

Studio Platige Films announced that it has joined with the Sean Daniel Company, the producers of The Mummy franchise, among other films, to bring the series to theaters. Shooting for a 2017 release, the film takes after author Sapkowski's original short stories, as opposed to this year's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Oscar nominee Tomasz Baginski is slated to direct, with Thania St. John (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) working on the script. No star is attached to play the lead character Geralt yet.

The press release also mentions that the film, which Platige first announced was in pre-production in August, is planned to be the first in what the studio hopes becomes a series.

This isn't the first time that The Witcher has been adapted for the big-screen: A Polish film also referred to as The Hexer was screened exclusively in that country, and was later developed into a short-lived TV series.

Developer CD Projekt Red is not stated to be involved with the project. Author Sapkowski does not consider the video game takes on the series to be canonical.

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