Netflix Announces It Will Make A Witcher Anime Movie
Netflix has announced it is set to make a Witcher movie.
The fantasy saga has been a hit since it landed on the streaming site late last year and its story will now be turned into an anime film called The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.
The exciting news was confirmed by Netflix on its Twitter account, though a release date has not yet been set.
Addressing whispers of a movie adaptation, the site said: "The rumors are true, a new Witcher story is in the works! The anime film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, will take us back to a new threat facing the Continent.
"Brought to you by the Witcher team @LHissrich and @BeauDeMayo, and Studio Mir the studio behind Legend of Korra."
The rumors are true, a new Witcher story is in the works! The anime film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, will take us back to a new threat facing the Continent. Brought to you by the Witcher team @LHissrich and @BeauDeMayo, and Studio Mir the studio behind Legend of Korra.
- NX (@NXOnNetflix) January 22, 2020
And with the huge success of the television series, it's not hard to see why the studio would be looking to cash in on such a lucrative product.
The show's first season - which currently has an 8.4/10 rating on IMDB - has been an absolute hit, with 76 million households tuning in to watch Henry Cavill as the lead Geralt of Rivia, or 'Witcher' to you and me.
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The series is based on the novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, which also inspired a series of successful games. It centres on monster-killer/'Witcher', sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and Ciri (Freya Allan) who band together on mystical landmass The Continent, which just so happens to have been invaded by demons from a parallel universe.
And as well as a film on the way, the show's makers have also said they are set to start filming on season two.
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich wants to take things up a level and filming is reportedly scheduled to begin on 17 February, 2020.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Hissrich said: "What I would say is that season 1 is very much about building blocks. It's about constructing the world, and setting up these characters, and putting them on paths, and knocking those dominoes over."
She went on to say: "When you get to season 2, all of those things start to come to play, which is that characters start meeting each other - sometimes getting along, sometimes not."
"All those things that we set up - Geralt and Yennefer; Geralt and Ciri; Yennefer and Ciri; all of the different kingdoms that you just barely hear about in season one, start rising to the surface in season 2.
"So the storytelling is a little more intense in a way, and maybe a little more focused and driven in the journeys that we're telling in season 2."
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