Netflix may have set the second season of The Witcher on the production backburner, but that won't stop them from expanding on the newly-emerged Netflix universe.
The Witcher: Blood Origin will break down the events 1,200 before The Witcher in a six-part, live-action format. The series, which yet to have a cast, will be shot in the United Kingdom.
Netflix released a statement about their new series, saying that Blood Origin will follow the tale of “how the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged into one, and the first Witcher came to be." The series has plans to pry into the story of the very first Witcher- long before a flaxen-haired Henry Cavill came along. The show will be run and produced by Declan de Barra. Witcher producer Lauren Schmitt Hissirch is also said to return to act as an executive producer.
“As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin,” de Barra said in reference to his new series and what may come from it, "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?"
According to Netflix's analytics from The Witcher, it was said to be a commercial success, but critics' reviews marked across the board. It will be interesting to see how such a prequel will kindle the lore of The Witcher universe and can be compared to the tactic of HBO releasing such a far-removed prequel series to their flagship program.
The details on this spin-off are few and in between yet, but Netflix and its Witcher universe team are more than eager to dive into expanding a calculous fantasy world.