Netflix Sets “The Witcher” Prequel

Henry Cavill in "The Witcher"

Netflix’s second-most watched show in the United States is getting a prequel.

The Witcher prequel titled The Witcher: Blood Origin, 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 Netflix.

The Witcher: Blood Origin will be shot in the UK and no cast information has been released yet.

The prequel is using the crew from The Witcher—Declan de Barra, a writer on Season 1 of The Witcher, will act as executive producer and showrunner, and the shows executive producer and showrunner, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, will executive produce the prequel series.

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.”

Schmidt 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.”

The second season of The Witcher is set to resume production in August.