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The Witcher Netflix series begins production

UPDATE: CDPR wishes it "all the best". Doug Cockle not involved - yet.

By Robert Purchese. 18/05/2017

UPDATE #2 18TH May 10AM BST: Actor Doug Cockle, who voices character Geralt in the English language Witcher video games, is not attached to the Netflix series. But he would like to be. He has put out a rallying cry on Twitter for anyone who feels similar to make their voices heard.

UPDATE 17TH MAY 1.30PM BST: CD Projekt Red has given a short, upbeat reaction to the news.

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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!"

ORIGINAL STORY 17TH MAY 12.30PM BST: 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.

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"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.

We've heard about this Witcher screen adaptation before, but back in 2015 it wasn't clear what form the project would take. Now we know it will be made in collaboration with Netflix and be a series, which makes a lot of sense.

Platige, the Polish animation and film studio behind the project, will work with producers Sean Daniel (The Mummy, Ben-Hur, The Expanse) and Jason Brown (The Expanse) on the project. Platige's Tomek Baginski, who directed all three Witcher video game intro cinematics, will be involved as one of the directors.

Said Baginksi and Platige colleague Jarek Sawko: "There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books that goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today's challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts."

Which actors will star in the series it doesn't say. Who are your picks?