Netflix has announced that The Witcher series will be getting a six-part, live-action spin-off series that takes place 1200 years before Geralt of Rivia’s world that we know. The Witcher: Blood Origin series is set to film in the UK but the cast and a production start date have yet to be announced according to the press release (via Deadline).
You can see Netflix’s announcement tweet down below:
Executive producers, Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, gave some statements about the upcoming project, including some tidbits on how the story will play out:
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.”
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.”
Currently, The Witcher: Blood Origin does not have a set premiere date.
Netflix’s The Witcher adaptation premiered on the streaming service late last year and managed to garner tons of attention thanks to Henry Cavill’s wonderful portrayal of Geralt, the entertaining plot, and of course, who could forget about that damn ‘Toss a Coin to You Witcher” song?
The Witcher: Blood Origin isn’t the only related spin-off in the works either. Earlier this year, Netflix also announced an animated film spin-off for The Witcher that would focus on Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir.
Of course, this led us to seek out the best actors that would be a perfect fit for the role of Vesemir, which you can check out right here.