A Waterford film-maker and producer is set to take the reins of a new series in a hit Netflix franchise. The Witcher: Blood Origin, a limited series that comprises part of The Witcher fantasy-fiction 'universe' of books, television and videogames, sees Déise man Declan de Barra installed as executive producer and showrunner.
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 series' pivotal “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one.
1200 years before Geralt of Rivia, the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one, and the first Witcher came to be.— NX (@NXOnNetflix) July 27, 2020
Announcing The Witcher: Blood Origin, a 6 part live-action The Witcher spin-off series from Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
Speaking on the announcement, de Barra cited his existing passion for the series, and a desire to expand on aspects of its lore.
“As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story of 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.”
This has been the toughest secret to keep! I've always wanted to dive deeper into the myth and lore of the Continent, and now fans will have a chance to explore it with @declandebarra in a prequel series, THE WITCHER: BLOOD ORIGIN. Elves, and enemies, and the end, oh my… https://t.co/SGzrf4WbxZ— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) July 27, 2020
Executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, is enthused about the partnership.
“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.”
Author of the original fantasy book series, and executive producer of the extended media franchise, Andrzej Sapkowski, speaks of the series' ongoing expansion.
“It is exciting that the world of Witcher - as planned in the very beginning - is expanding. I hope it will bring more fans to the world of my books.”
The Witcher: Blood Origin will shoot in the UK, ahead of a release date to be announced.