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Netflix Orders Six-Episode Prequel Series The Witcher: Blood Origin

July 27, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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A prequel series for Netflix’s hit series The Witcher is on its way to the streaming service. Netflix announced on Monday that they’ve ordered a six-episode live-action series titled The Witcher: Blood Origin which will tell the origin of the 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.”

The series will be set 1200 years before the main series and Declan de Barra, who writes on and is a supervising producer for the main series, will be the showrunner. He will executive-produce alongside Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Jason Brown and Sean Daniel, and Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko per TV Line. The series will shoot in the UK, though a timetable has not been revealed.

“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,” he continued. “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, starring Henry Cavill, premiered in December and quickly became a massive hit for the streamer. Based on the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski (which were also adapted to the hit video game franchise), the show was renewed for a second season that will arrive next year.