The Witcher spin-off Blood Origin coming to Netflix

The Witcher Blood OriginNetflix has just ordered a spin-off fantasy series entitled The Witcher: Blood Origin,  reports.

The Witcher: Blood Origin will be a six-part limited series and prequel to The Witcher. Declan de Barra will be executive producer and show runner while The Witcher show runner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will serve as executive producer and the franchise creator Andrzej Sapkowski will be the creative consultant on the series.

Here is the official description:

“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.”

De Barra shared his enthusiasm about the project, saying:

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

Hissrich 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.”

Sapkowski also said:

“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.”

The Witcher: Blood Origin will shoot in the UK.

Last January, Netflix announced an animated spin-off film titled The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf, which will explore the origin story of Geralt’s mentor and fellow Witcher Vesemir.

Production on the main show has yet to resume after it was interrupted by the global pandemic in March. The production is set to restart on August 17 and the second season of The Witcher will most likely premiere on Netflix sometime in 2021.