If you’re quite done listening to Toss A Coin To Your Witcher for the forty-seventh time, watched the entire TV series, replayed The Witcher 3 and read all of Andrzej Zapkowski’s Witcher books what on earth are you going to do next? Well, Netflix would have you wait in anticipation of their next Witcher-y release which is going to be an animated anime-styled movie, simply called The Witcher: The Nightmare of the Wolf.
Taking to that totally not official hub of press releases, Twitter, Netflix confirmed that the creative team behind the live action show were turning their hand to animation, with creative lead Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and writer Beau DeMayo on hand to keep things suitably Geralt-esque.
The actual animation work is going to be handled by Korean-based Studio Mir who worked on both the Avatar: The Last Airbender sequel The Legend of Korra and the Netflix exclusive reboot of Voltron. Given that they both turned out extremely well – well I think so, and I’m writing the news – the Witcher series should be a shoe in for animation of the year in some future year. Netflix do often turn projects around pretty quickly, but sadly it might be a bit much to expect it to release in 2020.
With it called the Nightmare of the Wolf, it’s likely that Geralt, the White Wolf, is in for a rough time. It could of course be about a totally different wolf who’s just had a bad dream, woken everyone up howling, and had some angry villagers unfairly call for a Witcher to shut them up. Thinking about it, it’s more likely it’s the first one.
It’s probably little surprise that Netflix are jumping at the chance to use The Witcher license as much as possible, with the Henry Cavill-starring fantasy show proving to be a huge hit for them in a post Game of Thrones world. Hopefully some of the stars of the live action show will be returning to lend their voices to proceedings, though if Henry isn’t available there’s probably a very nice chap called Doug Cockle who’d be happy to help them out.