The Witcher is getting a prequel series!
Netflix is taking its I.P. very seriously these days. One of my biggest criticisms of the streamers in years past is their inability to fully capitalize on their properties. There are few mainstream properties one can think of when thinking of Netflix. In spite of their large size and catalog, they don’t have the brand recognition of companies like Warner Bros. or Disney. There aren’t many films or shows (sans Stranger Things) that hit the mainstream in a big way and really puts Netflix’s name on the map. By and large, they have succeeded with their shotgun approach of throwing everything under the sun at us.
I had hoped when The Witcher came out that they would be able to properly capitalize it and brand it as a Netflix joint. The Witcher hit it off really well with audiences, and we already know there’s an animated show on the way. But the streamer isn’t stopping there. They’ve since announced that we are now getting a six-part limited series set in the world.
According to Netflix, The Witcher: Blood Origin will take place 1,200 years before the series. It will tell the story of the first Witcher as well as the events that led to the “conjunction of the spheres.” Joining as showrunner is Declan de Barra.
“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.”
The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich will serve as executive producer of the series and author Andrzej Sapkowski will be a consultant.
While I think, on the whole, The Witcher was a “pretty good” show with lots of room to grow, I think this is a great move from Netflix. There is plenty of room to explore stories set within this world, and as the success of the original series proved, there is hunger out there for more of it.
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