In what is possibly the most bizarre franchise development move in the history of video games, CD Projekt RED, the developer of the critically acclaimed 3rd-person RPG, The Witcher (and its sequel, The Witcher 2 : Assassins of Kings), have opted to further the brand by turning it into a stage musical.
Titled 'The Witcher : A Temerian Story', the production is a direct adaption of The Witcher 2 : Assassins of Kings , (released on PC last year, out on Xbox 360 later this month) and will follow main character, the professional monster-slayer/supernatural ability beholding Geralt and his flame-haired companion, Triss, as they fight to clear his name after Geralt is falsely accused of assassinating King Foltest of Temeria.
If you're worried about how this strange attempt at "ressurecting the adult musical genre" (their words, not mine), then you are not alone, the press release itself describes The Witcher : A Temerian Story as the 'Most Controversial Musical Ever', no doubt this will be down to the "epic swordfights, unbelievable monsters and some of the raciest moments ever seen in the West End".
The partakers in those 'racy' moments could be Russell Crowe, best known for doing really bad accents and winning an Oscar for his performance in 2000's Gladiator . Josh Holloway from near-Inception like TV show Lost is also being considered for the role of Geralt. Up for the role of Triss is the gorgeous Christina Hendricks, who you might know from a little show called Mad Men but if she doesn't snap up the role, Geri Halliwell (yes, her from the Spice Girls) has also been approached.
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Posted: 2nd Apr 2012 by Jasmine Henry
Tags: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, Xbox 360, PC, The Witcher, The Witcher 2 : Assassins of Kings, CD Projekt RED, Russell Crowe, Christina Hendricks