The word is out that not only will Witcher fans be getting more Witcher in the very near future but Netflix has a new series planned for The Witcher universe. It is called The Witcher: Blood Origin and the spinoff series will tell the story of the very first Witcher.
WILL AQUAMAN BE THE FIRST?
This would be the big get and Netflix is all in trying to wrangle this major action star. We are talking about DC’s Aquaman, Jason Momoa. Netflix would love nothing more than to have this big name lead their new The Witcher: Blood Origin series. And if Momoa’s tease is correct, they might have already landed the star.
As word leaked that Netflix was circling Aquaman, Jason Momoa himself fanned the flames when he posted some fan art showing both him and Henry Cavill, both looking quite Witcher’ish and Momoa’s words reaching out to Cavill, “@henrycavill what’s up homie.”
As you can see, either Momoa let a big The Witcher: Blood Origin secret slip or he is now playing the part of Super Troll.
It just so happens that Momoa may have some space to fill in his acting calendar, space he could fill with work on The Witcher: Blood Origin.
As a veteran of the small screen, Momoa broke out as a star during his 73-episode run as Ronan Dex in the series Stargate Atlantis, then jumping up his star power as Khal Drago in an 11-episode stint on the massively popular Game of Thrones. Up next for Aquaman will be the reboot/remake of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune and then the only other calendared event for Momoa is Aquaman 2, which is now scheduled for a December 2022 release. Looks like Momoa may have plenty of time to kill (and perhaps monsters) in The Witcher: Blood Origin.
THE PLOT OF THE WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN
We do know, without a doubt, that The Witcher: Blood Origin is happening. The story is to be set some 1,200 years before Geralt came to be, telling the story of the very first Witcher. The setting will be in an elven world that will focus on “the events that lead to the pivotal ‘conjunction of the spheres’, when the world of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.”
This leaves the plot of The Witcher: Blood Origin wide open, almost like an open world video game. Now, other than Momoa’s possible presence, Netflix has not revealed any more plot points or possible actors to join the very first Witcher.
THE PEOPLE MAKING WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN
The Witcher: Blood Origin‘s showrunner will be Declan de Barra, who worked as a writer for The Witcher, and he will also executive produce. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will also be on board as an executive producer along with Jason F. Brown, Sean Daniel, Tomek Baginski, and Jarek Sawko. The Witcher book series author Andrzej Sapkowski, will consult on the show, as he did with Cavill’s Witcher.
De Barra couldn’t contain his excitement as he told Deadline, “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. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonization and a rewriting of history. Leaving only fragments of a civilization’s true story behind. The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher.”
Schmidt Hissrich echoed de Barra’s sentiments, “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.”
NETFLIX’S RELEASE DATE
It’s tough to gauge when fans will get a chance to see The Witcher: Blood Origin, but knowing that it took roughly two and a half years for The Witcher to premiere after their announcement, we may be looking at a 2023 premiere time frame. But then again, the series could come much quicker as the experience from creating the first series can only help.
It also may help in the fact that the prequel series has been ordered as a six-episode limited series. Of course, time and fan acceptance will tell if six episodes will be enough. With The Witcher being Netflix’s second-most-watched series in 2019 (bringing in an estimated 76 million viewers in its first four weeks), expectations are high for The Witcher: Blood Origin.
Ultimately, though, fans will dictate where The Witcher: Blood Origin goes. Early word is that they are divided, which isn’t surprising. Here is what some have to say.
Divided for sure. Come on Netflix, don’t let us down.
Support For More Of The Witcher
When word first got out that streaming giant Netflix was producing The Witcher, a series based on The Witcher saga (novels and short stories) from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, fans were on the edge of their seat with anticipation. The novels were best-sellers across the globe, telling the story of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher who travels the continent hunting down monsters.
Then word got out that actor Henry Cavill (Batman vs Superman, Justice League, Mission: Impossible – Fallout) was chosen to lead the cast as Geralt. Fans were up in arms. But look how that turned out. A 92% positive fan rating via Rotten Tomatoes and a smash hit on Netflix. Fans are anxiously awaiting Witcher season two and now we’re heading for The Witcher: Blood Origin too.