The Witcher: Blood Origin spinoff prequel in the works at Netflix
With the success of The Witcher series at Netflix, the company is looking to expand the universe. According to Deadline, The Witcher: Blood Origin will be a six-episode limited series that takes place 1,200 years before the events of The Witcher. The show will follow the journey of the very first Witcher and the conjuncture of worlds event that brought men, elves, and monsters into one world.
While the cast has yet to be announced, the series will shoot in the UK and be produced by the same team of The Witcher series.
“As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin,” said Declan de Barra, executive producer, and showrunner of the new series. “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,” added Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, showrunner of the original Witcher series and will executive produce the new series. “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.”
There’s no word on a targeted release window for the series. This series is an addition to a spinoff animated film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, which focuses on the origin story Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir, who is also a Witcher.