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The Witcher is Getting an Anime Spinoff Film for Netflix

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Following the breakout success of Netflix's The Witcher adaptation based on the Polish fantasy novel series, the streaming giant has ordered an anime spinoff film set in The Witcher universe. After rumors buzzed about the project, Netflix decided to confirm it once and for all.


The film, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf has no announced release date and hardly any plot details shared so far. The studio merely said it will "take us back to a new threat facing the Continent." Showrunner Lauren Hissrich and writer Beau DeMayo are attached to the project and the animation studio behind Legend of Korra will be handling the animation for Nightmare of the Wolf. No other cast or crew information has yet been shared.

It's likely Netflix was not ready to share this news but decided to do so after the whisper mill was already speculating about the project's existence. All of this follows the live-action series becoming one of the biggest streaming properties ever to hit Netflix after its December debut. The success of the series also rippled out to the other versions of The Witcher, with The Witcher 3 surging to its highest active player counts ever a few weeks ago, while the books were in such high demand that the publisher couldn't keep up and many bookstores displayed empty shelves where the series would normally sit.

As the live-action series continues and the anime debuts soon, Netflix may be the only outlet for new Witcher content for some time. The game series' developer, CD Projekt Red, is currently working on Cyberpunk 2077 and has already revealed their secret second AAA project is Cyberpunk's multiplayer, which the studio says not to expect until at least 2021. They've expressed some interest in getting back to The Witcher, but nothing concrete has yet been announced.

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Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. Formerly the Features and Reviews Editor of TrueAchievements, he's been writing online since 2011 and continues to do so as a freelancer today for outlets like GamesRadar, EGM, and even OpenCritic news. Outside of games, he is an avid biker, a loud animal advocate, an HBO binge-watcher, and a lucky family man.