Everything We Know About ‘The Witcher’ Animated Film Coming to Netflix

Many fans have binge-watched The Witcher season 1. Season 2 is not coming until 2021, though fans might have something to tide them over in the meantime. Yes, that’s right, an animated film set in the world of The Witcher is coming sometime soon, hopefully.

‘The Witcher’ animated film information was released early

Henry Cavill of 'The Witcher': animated film coming soon
Henry Cavill at the photocall for The Witcher Season 1 | Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

This animated film was first reported by Witcher site Redanian Intelligence when they came across a WGA entry for writer Beau DeMayo. In this entry, it mentions that DeMayo wrote the screenplay for the animated film. The entry also gave away the name of the movie: The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. This report from Redanian Intelligence came on January 21, 2020.

The next day, on January 22, 2020, Netflix officially confirmed the Witcher animated film by posting on their NXOnNetflix account on Twitter. Netflix mentioned DeMayo, of course, as working on the project as well as The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. “The rumors are true,” Netflix said on Twitter, “a new Witcher story is in the works!” This “anime film”, as it’s called by Netflix, “will take us back to a new threat facing the Continent.”

It will be made by Studio Mir, who did Legend of Korra for Nickelodeon and Voltron: Legendary Defender for Netflix. 

The plot of ‘The Witcher’ animated film has been released as well

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According to reports by Inverse and IGN, there is a plot for The Witcher’s animated film, though it’s not extensive. Netflix describes it as an origin story for Geralt’s Witcher mentor Vesemir. The description, which has now been taken off the official Netflix listing, says “Long before mentoring Geralt, Vesemir begins his own journey as a Witcher after the mysterious Deglan claims him through the Law of Surprise.” This would make the Law of Surprise even more of a part of the Witcher universe

Geralt thinks of a young Vesemir during the last episode of The Witcher. Of course, Geralt remembering his mentor is nothing out of the ordinary. However, it’s possible that the writer of that episode, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, might have been showing that Vesemir will be important. If the movie is indeed about his origin story, it would make sense for Vesemir to be introduced to fans earlier through Geralt’s memories.

Fans might not have to wait too long for more of ‘The Witcher’

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Many fans of The Witcher might be wondering when this animated film will be released on Netflix. There is, unfortunately, no official release date yet. However, a report by Redanian Intelligence might have the answer.

Redanian Intelligence reveals what executive producer Tomek Baginski said in an interview with Telewizja wPolsce. According to Baginski, he and the team behind The Witcher “are planning a few more interesting surprises between seasons.” In Redanian Intelligence’s report announcing The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, the site suggests that it might be one of the “interesting surprises” that fans have in store.

This would mean that The Witcher’s animated film would be released sometime before season 2’s release in 2021. This could even mean that fans will see Nightmare of the Wolf this year.