Monday, July 27, 2020

'The Witcher' Prequel Announced, Set To Film In The UK

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Some huge news on The Witcher front today!

Netflix just revealed a prequel is in the works. The Witcher: Blood Origin will be a six-part, live-action limited series from The Witcher universe:

Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time - the origin of the very first Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one. 

Here is the rest of the press release:

Declan de Barra will act as Executive Producer and Showrunner and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will act as Executive Producer. 

Andrzej Sapkowski will serve as creative consultant on the series. Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films will all serve as executive producers. 

From Declan de Barra: “As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin. 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.”

From Lauren Schmidt Hissrich: “I am so thrilled to collaborate with Declan and the Netflix team on The Witcher: Blood Origin. 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.” 

From Andrzej Sapkowski: “It is exciting that the world of Witcher - as planned in the very beginning - is expanding. I hope it will bring more fans to the world of my books.” 

The Witcher: Blood Origin will shoot in the UK.

Stay tuned for updates on The Witcher: Blood Origin and Season 2 of The Witcher as we get them!

10 comments:

  1. Congratulations to all involved with this fantastic project! Long live The Witcher universe!!

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  2. This is absolutely fantastic!! hopefully we won't have to wait too long to see this amazing series.
    Thanks for the update HCN xx

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  3. TBH I'm not sure how I feel about this. Yes, The Witcher is a fantastic story, and I can't wait to see more of it, but maybe this is what gives me pause. We have just met Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri. It's them that I want to see more of, and become more immersed in their journeys. We've barely scratched the surface with these very rich characters. Between their tragic pasts, their uncertain futures, and the dangerous state of the Continent there is so much more story to delve into. Of course this may be just personal preference, but I feel as if we should be given more of a chance to become invested in the current series before there is any thought of a prequel. The Witcher deserves more time to stand on its own in the spotlight.

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    1. Isn't this just the way, though?! You get a good thing that's popular and the powers that be just want to beat the life out of it by mass producing something similar.

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  4. I started watching The Witcher because of Henry Cavill and my main attraction is Geralt and his story along with Yennefer and Ciri but the world is very rich and the good thing is that this mini series takes place 1200 years before our current timeline so it won't affect our story. I just hope we'll get to see more of Geralt and how he became a Witcher in s2 and the Witcher culture in general - which I believe we will according to Lauren Hissrich. So as long as we get our 6/7 seasons with Cavill and Chalotra and the novels story then I'm happy and Blood Origin and Nightmare of the Wolf are welcome additions.

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  5. I love it that Netflix supports The Witcher and wants to expand the universe. I hope s2 will delve deeper to Geralt's past and his character. Henry Cavill is phenomenal in the role and I can't wait to see Geralt as a father figure and as a son to Vesemir and brother to the other witchers.

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  6. Considering cases of coronavirus in the UK are on the increase and there a chance of going back into lockdown, do not be suprised if filming is temporarily suspended. Just have to be content with more isolation food posts.

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  7. To me The Witcher is Geralt of Rivia and Geralt is Henry Cavill. But the concept sounds interesting and I'll sure check it. Hopefully with how they jump timelines we can get a Geralt cameo or a shout out, like a vision referring to Geralt. It's a long shot but I'd love it.

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  8. I want more Geralt before I care enough to see another Witcher show. I hope s2 will give us more badass Geralt and it will be fantastic. Henry Cavill was brilliant.

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  9. With the success of The Witcher and the Netflix support Henry must be in the 7th heaven right now. And he deserves it, he loves this world and character so much and he brought a lot to the table. Half of the success of the series - if not more - belongs to him. I hope in the future seasons he gets a more active behind the cameras role, if he wants it. Good luck to him and to The Witcher saga.

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