Due to the success of series one of 'The Witcher' on Netflix, a spin-off series is already in the works.
'The Witcher: Blood Origin' will be a brand new live-action 'The Witcher' prequel series set in the realm of Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia. However, Geralt won't be the star of the show this time around, as the series will be set 1,200 years before any of the events we've seen on screen.
1200 years before Geralt of Rivia, the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one, and the first Witcher came to be.
Announcing The Witcher: Blood Origin, a 6 part live-action The Witcher spin-off series from Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) July 27, 2020
According to Netflix, the six-part limited series will tell a story "lost to time" as we follow the origin of the very first Witcher. We'll see the events that lead to the pivotal "conjunction of the spheres," when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one. There has been no casting announcements made for the series as of yet.
'The Witcher' prequel series will be brought to life by Irish writer Declan de Barra, a man who previously worked on the original Netflix series, as well as their Marvel TV series 'Iron Fist'. De Barra also worked on CW's fantasy horror series 'The Originals', and RTE's children's show 'Roy' starring Simon Delaney and Cathy Belton.
For this limited run, he will serve as the series' showrunner and will executive produce alongside Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. Schmidt Hissrich was also involved in the first series of 'The Witcher', and plenty of other Netflix shows including 'The Umbrella Academy' and 'Daredevil'. She will also act as executive producer in the planned anime of 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf'.
Declan de Barra said of the announcement: "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 series is due to shoot in the UK in the near future. In terms of the second series of 'The Witcher', production will resume filming later this summer.