Today, Netflix has announced The Witcher: Blood Origin, a limited series from The Witcher universe. This spin-off from the wildly popular and critically acclaimed show that aired its first season last year, will be a six-part, live-action. This new limited-series will also serve as a prequel to the hit Netflix series The Witcher. As we get ready to travel back to the Continent, here is what we know.
Blood Origin is set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher, this new series 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. As for the talent behind the camera, Declan de Barra will act as Executive Producer and Showrunner and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will act as Executive Producer. Other executive producers include Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films.
On the new series, de Barra said, “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.”
Hissrich adds, “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.”
Additionally, The Witcher creator, Andrzej Sapkowski, will serve as creative consultant on the series. His thoughts on the new series is that “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.
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