Earlier in July, Netflix announced the live-action witcher spinoff The Witcher: Blood Origin. Fans have been flying high in anticipation of news, as rumors have it that Netflix is eyeing Aquaman star Jason Momoa for the lead role and casting director Sophie Holland has begun working on the prequel.
Yesterday, The Witcher: Blood Origin showrunner Declan De Barra announced the first official day of work on the show, also introducing the new writer’s room.
Here, we have it: Nine writers, including De Barra will be responsible for penning the six episodes of The Witcher: Blood Origin. A mix of old-hands and new talent from a diverse background. We know all but one of them and will update this article once we find out the missing writer’s name. Take a look below, if you’re interested in their background and previous work.
Declan De Barra
Most of you will know Declan De Barra by now for writing episode four of season one of The Witcher and doing the vocals for The Song of the White Wolf. Previously, he has written an episode of Marvel’s Iron Fist and worked as co-producer on The Originals. Parallel to leading The Witcher: Blood Origin, he continues his work on The Witcher and was responsible for writing the first episode of the upcoming new season.
Kiersten Van Horn
Kiersten Van Horn is a producer and writer well known for shows such as Mistresses, Krypton, Berlin Station, and TNT’s sci-fi drama series Snowpiercer. Earlier in her career, she had acting gigs in various tv series.
Aaron Steward-Ahn is primarily known for his work on Mandy, featuring Nicolas Cage. Other than that, he has a versatile background with work experience as a director, producer and cinematographer of multiple video documentaries.
Alex Meenehan credits include season six of Amazon’s police series Bosch as well as as Marvel’s upcoming Moon Knight, a new series also featuring The Witcher writer Beau De Mayo. Previously, she was an assistant writer on Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle.
Tania Lotia started her career as a staff writer on DC’s superhero-horror series Swamp Thing, which has not been renewed for a second season. She went on to write episode five of the much-anticipated second season of Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne.
Pooja Gupta is a producer, writer and film director with professional television credits for Married at First Sight: The First Year, Tamra’s OC Wedding, and Mary Mary. She has several projects in development including co-writing a mini-series with Andrea Pallaoro.
Tasha Huo worked as a writer on the documentary Women in the Dirt: Landscape Architects Shaping Our World and a project called Black Belle, labelled as in development.
Troy Dangerfield worked as an assistant to the executive producer of ABC’s crime series Castle. He has also written and acted on a comedy movie called Tokens in 2017. On The Witcher: Blood Origin, he will be the writer’s assistant.
UPDATE: Jordan McCray and Matt McInnis
Thanks to a tipoff from our reader Jess we now know the name of the missing person from the original meeting: Jordan McCray (Committed) a young writer and student of geography. Earlier, in another meeting of the writers room, Matt McInnis (known for his work on Marvel shows such as Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage) was revealed as Co-Executive producer for Blood Origin.
The Witcher Blood Origin doesn’t have a release date yet. However, with the upcoming second season of the main show and the animated prequel film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf in the works, it likely won’t be out until 2022. As ever, we will keep you updated on all things witcher!