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.
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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