The world of The Witcher on Netflix will soon be expanded for an upcoming spinoff series on the streaming service. Since debuting last year, the show has been among the most popular of the streamer's original programming, so Netflix is apparently capitalizing with this new companion series in addition to the main show's upcoming second season. Dubbed The Witcher: Blood Origin, the live-action limited series will consist of just six parts and won't be an ongoing series like The Witcher.
We shouldn't expect to see Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia on the new show, because although the spinoff will be sharing a universe with the main series, the show will be taking place in an entirely different timeline. The Witcher: Blood Origin will serve as a prequel series, taking place in an elven world 1200 years before the first episode of The Witcher. The series is said to "chart the origins of the very first Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal 'conjunction of the spheres,' when the worlds of monsters, men, and eleves merged to become one."
No casting information for the Netflix prequel series has yet been made available. What has been reported is that Declan de Barra (The Originals) will be serving as the series showrunner with The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski on board as a creative consultant. De Barra will also be executive producing alongside the parent series' creator, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, along with Jason Brown and Sean Daniel from Hivemind, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige Films.
"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. 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. 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," Hissrich added.
Production on The Witcher: Blood Origin is slated to take place in the UK, but no start date has yet been revealed. Time will tell if the spinoff will draw in as many eyeballs as the original. For now, you can watch the first season of The Witcher on Netflix, and look forward to season 2 in 2021. This news comes to us from Deadline.