Get ready for more Witcher goodness on Netflix. As reported by Deadline, the streaming service has ordered a new prequel series, The Witcher: Blood Origin, which will expand the scope of the growing franchise. This comes as the company is already well underway on season 2 of the main series, which is headlined by Henry Cavill and made its debut last year.
1200 years before Geralt of Rivia, the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one, and the first Witcher came to be.
Announcing The Witcher: Blood Origin, a 6 part live-action The Witcher spin-off series from Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
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“1200 years before Geralt of Rivia, the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one, and the first Witcher came to be. Announcing The Witcher: Blood Origin, a 6 part live-action The Witcher spin-off series from Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich,” Netflix said on Twitter.
The series is set to shoot in the U.K. but there is no word yet on a production start date. That may prove to be tricky as studios are still trying to manage getting back to work safely amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
Declan de Barra is on board as executive producer and showrunner, with Lauren Schmidt Hissrich set as executive producer. Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant, with Jason Brown, Sean Daniel, Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko also executive producing.
“As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin,” de Barra said. “A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read The Witcher books – What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans? I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonization and a rewriting of history. Leaving only fragments of a civilization’s true story behind. The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher.”
“I am so thrilled to collaborate with Declan and the Netflix team on The Witcher: Blood Origin,” Hissrich said. “It’s an exciting challenge to explore and expand The Witcher universe created by Andrzej Sapkowski, and we can’t wait to introduce fans to new characters and an original story that will enrich our magical, mythical world even more.”
Here is the official synopsis for The Witcher.
“Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.”