The Witcher animated movie in the works at Netflix
Staff Reporter | On 27, Jan 2020Reading time: 2 mins
With The Witcher fans having to watch until next year for Season 2 of the fantasy epic, Netflix has some good news for fans: an animated movie based on the series is also on the way.
Based on the best-selling books, the series is an epic tale of fate and family. The story of the intertwined destinies of three individuals in the vast world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, and where good and evil is not easily identified.
Henry Cavill stars as Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), and a young princess, Ciri (Freya Allan), with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
According to Netflix’s own figures, 76 million member households chose to watch the series during its first four weeks, making the show its biggest original series to date. Sales of The Witcher books and games are also reported to have spiked. The soundtrack has also been released online.
Now, Netflix is building on its success with The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. The anime will take us back to a new threat facing the Continent and is being written by the creator of the The Witcher series, Lauren Hissrich.
The project was announced on Twitter by Netflix at the end of last week, to mixed reception, as some were concerned it might compress The Witcher’s story into a short timeframe – although it is more likely to feed into Season 2, given Season 1’s success – and others concerned about it being animated, rather than live-action, a medium that showcases Henry Cavill to eye-pleasing effect. The latter worries can be allayed by the news that the studio behind the anime is South Korea’s Studio Mir, who were behind Legend of Korra, one of the most acclaimed, and visually impressive, anime series of all time.