Netflix has announced a live-action prequel series for The Witcher set 1200 years in the past.
The Witcher live-action Netflix series is getting an official prequel series Netflix has announced. This new series will additionally expand the world of The Witcher set in the live-action Netflix universe. This also marks the second prequel series for Netflix’s Witcher series, the other being an anime feature film. Netflix has ordered a total of six episodes for the upcoming live-action prequel series and it is set 1200 years in the past and will provide the origin story for the very first Witcher, prior to Geralt’s Witcher mutation.
The Witcher writer/supervising producer Declan de Barra will serve as showrunner for the prequel, and executive-produce alongside Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Jason Brown and Sean Daniel, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko.
“As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin,” de Barra said in a statement. “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,” he continued. “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.”
The Witcher which stars Henry Cavill was renewed for a second season months prior to the series’ debut on Netflix. With high praise for the series, Henry Cavill and the supporting cast; it was a no brainer that Netflix would want to continue expanding the series with multiple spin-offs. Fans of The Witcher books know that the story’s lore is deep and expansive and could provide multiple seasons and spin-offs if it really wanted to.
It seems like Netflix has gotten the gist of that as well and are planning to make The Witcher a staple series of theirs on their streaming platform. The second season halted production earlier this year due to the current pandemic but will resume filming rather soon. The second season is also set to premiere sometime in 2021, but could also face a delay due to the production halt just like the rest of Hollywood.
No release window for The Witcher: Blood Origin has been released.
Source: TV Line
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