Netflix are making an anime Witcher film! – TheSixthAxis

Netflix are making an anime Witcher film!

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.

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  1. If it’s handled by the same team who created the series, I’ll stay well clear. Apart from the fight sequences, I’ve never seen so much crap and abysmal acting in my life. I made it halfway through the 2nd episode before giving up. I don’t think I know a single person who has made it any further than episode 3.

    Is it for kids or adults???
    One minute it’s filled with blood and gore, then it introduces characters who look and sound like they’re from a 3yr olds version of Dr Who or a bad 1960s episode of Star Trek.

    • Different strokes for different folks I guess, but everyone I know barring one friend has really enjoyed it!

      And yeah, there’s a weird dip in the character design in episode 3 that doesn’t return.

      • I thought it was kind of fun, but a bit of a mess. They thought they were being clever with 3 different stories set over different times. But when it should have all come together at the end, it wasn’t “Ah, that all makes sense now, very clever” but more “let me just piece it all together in order and see if it makes more sense. When did he have a bath?”

        Overall, not bad and likely to improve in the second season. Plus some people got annoyed by it being different to the books or games. Which is always good fun.

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