The Witcher prequel was announced by Netflix this week. Declan de Barra will be its showrunner and executive producer while Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will serve as a co-executive producer.
This prequel of The Witcher has been titled The Witcher: Blood Origin, and it will focus on the story of the Elven civilization before its fall.
According to the Deadline, the prequel will have six episodes, and the entire series is set to be filmed in the U.K.
The cast and crew are expected to resume production in August as the coronavirus pandemic delayed this.
What The Witcher: Blood Origin is about
The Blood Origin will be set a thousand years before the events in the current The Witcher drama series.
“Set in an elven world 1,200 years before the world of ‘The Witcher, Blood Origin’ will tell a story lost to time,” the statement in Netflix’s press release reads via CNN.
“The origin of the very first Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal ‘conjunction of the spheres,’ when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.”
In the current story, Geralt of Rivia is the main character played by Henry Cavill. He is a mutated beast hunter for hire who is on a journey moving toward his destiny.
Along the way, he encounters a wild and chaotic world where he saw people being more wicked than beasts.
It also stars Freya Allan and Anya Chalontra, who are also expected to reprise their roles in this backstory.
The executives behind the upcoming prequel
The 72-year-old Andrzej Sapkowski wrote The Witcher novels where the drama was based on. It was reported that he would serve as the Blood Origin’s creative consultant.
It was mentioned that Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, Tomek Baginski, and Jarek Sawko would be executive producers as well.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is the creator of the original drama series, and she is excited to team up with Declan de Barra for this project.
“I am so thrilled to collaborate with Declan and the Netflix team on ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin,’ Variety quoted her as saying.
“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.”
Finally, De Barra also expressed his excitement for this new drama. He shared that after reading The Witcher books, he got curious about what the Elven World looks like in the past, and this is exactly what they will show to the viewers via the prequel.
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