Netflix has revealed its plans to produce an anime film called ‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’. In its fourth-quarter earnings report, Netflix declared ‘The Witcher’ Season 1 to be its most successful season 1 till date.
‘The Witcher’ is a Netflix fantasy show based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels of the same name. It was also the CD Projekt Red’s multi-award-winning and phenomenally successful game ‘Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt’.
- What will ‘Nightmare of the Wolf’ be about?
- Which anime studio will create the film?
- Who will be the voice actors?
- When can we expect it to come out?
Although many fans were initially apprehensive about it, they may have come around to loving the intrigue and action that the show has to offer. Netflix has revealed its plans to produce an anime film called ‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’. In its fourth-quarter earnings report, Netflix declared ‘The Witcher’ Season 1 to be its most successful season 1 till date.
What will ‘Nightmare of the Wolf’ be about?
The Henry Cavill starring series revolves around the mighty Geralt of Rivia and his exploits in the Witcher world (called ‘The Continent’ in the show). Geralt roams ‘The Continent’ slaying supernatural beasts such as elves, gnomes, wizards, and monsters for money. It is rumoured that the anime film will neither have Geralt of Rivia as the lead protagonist nor will it be based on Sapkowski’s novels.
The ‘Nightmare of the Wolf’ will feature an old witcher, Vesemir. Vesemir is known to the fans as the mentor of Geralt of Rivia, present both in the games and the Netflix show. However, according to the film’s own official description, the events of the film take place long before Geralt’s time.
Netflix describes the film as follows: “Long before mentoring Geralt, Vesemir begins his own journey as a witcher after the mysterious Deglan claims him through the Law of Surprise.” According to writer Beau DeMayo, the story will exist within the show’s canon and will most likely join along with Vesemir’s season 2 appearance on the show.
“I think, with the live-action but also with the anime, [it] was just so important that it not just be an action-fest, that there be a story there. That there be emotion there that’s really sincere. A lot of people underrate animation, especially anime sometimes, for being able to deliver emotion, really poignant emotion”, said DeMayo in a recent interview. Fans are also anticipating a cameo from Geralt of Rivia in the movie.
Who will be the voice actors?
Netflix has revealed that Kim Bodniahas been cast in the role of Vesemir for ‘The Witcher’s’ second season. Kim Bodnia started filming alongside Henry Cavill as Geralt, Freya Allan as Ciri, Yasen Atour as Coën, Paul Bullion as Lambert, and Thue Rasmussen as Eskel before the production was stopped over coronavirus concerns. Since Vesemir is the main character of the anime film, we may expect him to be the voice behind Vesemir in the ‘Nightmare of the Wolf’ movie.
On the other hand, many believe that since the movie features a young Vesemir, Theo James from the ‘Divergent’ series, who voiced young Vesemir in the show, maybe selected to be in the movie as Vesemir’s voice actor.
Which anime studio will create the film?
The script of ‘Nightmare of the Wolf’ was written by Beau DeMayo, who had also written the third episode of ‘The Witcher’s’ first season and has also written the second episode of the second (unreleased) season. ‘The Witcher’ showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich, is also reportedly involved in the production though her exact role in the project has not been disclosed yet.
Meanwhile, the studio behind the production of ‘Nightmare of the Wolf’s’ animation is the Korean Studio Mir, mostly famous for their animation of ‘The Legend of Korra’ (‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ spinoff series).
When can we expect it to come out?
The official release date of ‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’ has not yet been revealed by Netflix, although the streaming service expects to release the film between the show’s first and second season. ‘The Witcher’s’Season 2 is currently expected to release in the first half of 2021. Therefore, it may be possible that the film will come out sometime later this very year.