The Witcher might be snagged with some production delays, but Netflix isn’t keen on letting its popular show slip away. In a new announcement this morning, the streaming juggernaut revealed that a prequel series titled The Witcher: Blood Origins is currently in development for the not so distant future. Set 1,200 years before the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, this six part mini-series will give us a look at the history of author Andrzej Sapkowski’s mystical world.
In a press release, executive producer and showrunner Declan 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?” That’s likely where are start point will be.
In case you’re feeling iffy at a new prequel without the involvement of Sapkowski, don’t be. He’ll be working with Netflix’s team as a creative consultant so that it nails the atmosphere and story of Blood Origin. “It is exciting that the world of Witcher – as planned in the very beginning – is expanding,” Sapkowski said. “I hope it will bring more fans to the world of my books.”
There’s no planned date for when filming will begin, but it seems likely that The Witcher: Blood Origin will be released in 2021. With season two of the main series on track for a similar date, it would make sense for Netflix to fast track production on this. It wouldn’t want to keep viewers without content to binge watch.
Source: Netflix PR