A synopsis for the new six-part series, which will shoot in the UK, reads: “Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time – 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.”
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.
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Executive Produdcer and Showrunner Declain de Barra said: “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.”
Executive Producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich – who also created, wrote and produced the original Witcher series – added: “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.”
Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher novels, will also serve as Creative Consultant on the series, saying: “It is exciting that the world of Witcher – as planned in the very beginning – is expanding. I hope it will bring more fans to the world of my books.”
In the meantime, there’s also season two of The Witcher’s original Netflix series on the way, along with an anime film.
Responding to the announcement of The Witcher: Blood Origin, entertainment journalist Daniel Richtman also tweeted: “Since it is now confirmed I can tell you it’s not the only spin-off in development.”
Basically, keep those eyes peeled, as it looks like there could be lots in store for Geralt of Rivia and co…