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"The Witcher" TV series and movies


Did you know there was a Witcher movie and TV series?  Until I read this article by IGN I had no idea...

Before the games, but after the books written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher was a movie, and a TV series. 

The film was known as Wiedźmin in Poland, which translates into The Witcher in English, although the film was renamed The Hexer internationally.

As the story goes, the film was released in 2001 and was panned by critics. The biggest problem being the movie wasn’t actually a movie, it was a 13 episode TV series that had been squished into a two-hour feature film, which in turn made it into a nonsensical mishmash.

Not one to be defeated, director Marek Brodzki (who was assistant director on Schindler’s List) released The Hexer TV series one year later, in 2002. The general consensus was while the TV show was vastly more coherent than the film version, the movie’s reputation left a sour taste in the mouth of the viewer, so after a 13 episode run – the last episode of which was titled ‘Ciri’ – the show came to a close.

Both the film and TV mini-series were written by Michał Szczerbic, and produced by Lew Rywin. The main man himself, Geralt of Rivia, was played by Michal Zebrowski.

In an interview in 2003, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sapkowski was asked for his thoughts on The Hexer Movie and TV series. Never one to mince his words, Sapkowski replied with a brief, albeit telling repartee: “To answer this question, I have only one word, and that word is indecent, though brief…”

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