Netflix is Working on “The Witcher” Prequel

Henry Cavill in "The Witcher"

Netflix announced that The Witcher: Blood Origin, a limited series set in The Witcher universe is in the works.

The prequel will be “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,” according to the official synopsis.

Declan de Barra, a writer on the first season of The Witcher, will serve as executive producer and showrunner. The Witcher’s executive producer and showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, will executive produce the prequel series.

“As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin,” said de Barra. “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.”

“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,” Schmidt Hissrich added.

The series will shoot in the UK and a specific date and cast details haven’t been set.

Season 2 of The Witcher starring Henry Cavill, is scheduled to resume production in August.