Netflix toss another coin to The Witcher with a new origins story.
The Witcher TV series hit Netflix at the tail end of last year and was a rousing success. The TV series was one of Netflix’s biggest first seasons ever with over 76 million households tuning in to watch. The numbers were so high the show was promptly renewed for a season two and an announcement for an animated movie spinoff, titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, was also made.
Now, in a further push for the series, Netflix has announced a prequel to the original series called The Witcher: Blood Origin.
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.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) July 27, 2020
The series follows the path of “The first Witcher” and is set 1200 years before the tale of Geralt of Rivia that we’ve all come to know and love. The series comes from Declan De Barra, who wrote an episode from Season One of The Witcher, alongside work on Marvel’s The Iron Fist and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who has a very impressive list of credits, including work on The Witcher, The Umbrella Academy and Daredevil.
The original series was so popular it generated a perfect example of brand synergy. The show caused a mass reprint of 500,000 copies of the books that acted as the source material and caused the Witcher 3 video game’s player base to skyrocket to unprecedented levels.
Netflix’s announcement of another Witcher series joins a slew of recent high-profile TV/videogame adaptations. Earlier this month a Fallout TV series was announced by Bethesda Game Studios and Amazon and will be penned by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy of Westworld notoriety. That was preceded earlier this year by the huge announcement of a The Last of Us TV series from HBO, this time being developed by Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin.
With so much success from the original TV show, it’s no surprise that Netflix is willing to toss a coin to a Witcher spin-off series. Here’s hoping it’s as good as the original.