While the first season of The Witcher arrives on Netflix on December 20 and the second starts filming in February 2020, there’s possibly something else in production for the Henry Cavill franchise.
Back in September, the NSFW blog Recapped sparked rumours about an animated Witcher series. Here’s what they said: “They were casting for an animated series set in the world of The Witcher and featuring some side characters a while back. The plan was to make this available on Netflix sometime between season 1 and 2. No idea whether or not this is still happening.”
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And now, new evidence points to the animated show’s existence. Executive Producer Tomek Baginski has teased an animated The Witcher project in a new interview with IGN Poland.
IGN: You have the biggest experience in the field of animation. Would you like to see The Witcher in this style, too?
Baginski: “I don’t want to give away too much here, but who knows if we won’t see The Witcher in this style. However these are things I would rather not talk about too much for now.”
Netflix producing tie-in animated projects for its live-action shows isn’t something new. For example, an animated feature related to Altered Carbon called Altered Carbon: Resleeved has been announced and will release sometime next year. It wouldn’t be unprecedented for a similar project to be in the works for The Witcher, with it being one of Netflix’s most anticipated series (and with a vast world to explore).
In Recapped’s original report, they mentioned that the plan is to release this project between Season 1 and Season 2. With Season 2 starting production in February 2020 and likely releasing in the first half of 2021, it’s likely this presumed animated series will launch beforehand.
In his interview with IGN, Baginski discussed other details as well. Here are the highlights:
IGN: When you were creating Geralt’s character, did you want to show him like he is in the books or rather create your own vision of the character?
TB: This is an interesting question. You read about Geralt in the books differently than you remember him from them. We wanted to capture Geralt’s essence. He is remembered as a silent man, who mostly acts. But he sometimes has gigantic monologues! For two pages even! He talks non-stop. Especially when he travels. Knowing that such character wouldn’t quite fit what we remember, we had to make adaptational changes. However, think we succeeded in capturing the essence of the character. I am very satisfied with what Henry did with his body, voice and approach to the character. I am absolutely amazed.
Did you help Lauren S. Hissrich, when she was planning the story for the next 7 seasons?
I am very involved even with the scriptwriting. Of course it’s mostly Lauren and her team of writers who do that. We exchange ideas on what else we can do all the time.
What was your favourite moment from the set of season one?
It was fantastic for me to shoot a scene, in which we have a melee with over 100 stuntsmen. It was a total spun. We had to go major to shoot it nicely. It was very fun, despite us putting lots of effort in it. But it will stay with me. Together with all the cold nights, muds, rain and frostbitten fingers.
Was it Polish mud and rain? Where were you shooting the most?
We shot the most in Hungary, so it was mostly Hungarian mud and rain. Spring this year was very rainy. But we were shooting in Poland as well. It’s hard for me to describe, how much exactly, but it wasn’t much.
For more from Tomek Baginski, read our exclusive interview with him right here.