Ever since the release of Nightmare of the Wolf, there have been various news about what’s next in the Witcher spinoff department. For one, the next full-length anime was already confirmed last summer and it was not to be a sequel to Nightmare of the Wolf.
Over the past few months we’ve heard three rumours from three different places, and since Paul Bullion (Lambert) and Yasen Atour (Coen) got together again for what looks like a podcast or some other recording, we decided to try and unpack all of the rumours we heard, which you should take with a grain of salt for now.
1. A potential live-action spinoff after Season 3 wraps
A number of months back we heard that Netflix were considering a new live-action Witcher spinoff to shoot after Season 3 wraps later this year. At the time, that was that. No details on what’s the prequel about. But it made sense. After all, Blood Origin too was filmed soon after Season 2 wrapped.
Season 3 of The Witcher is planned to wrap in September 2022 at Longcross Studios, so the spinoff could get underway perhaps October or November. Moreover, it would need to be officially announced in the coming months.
2. A potential Lambert/Eskel/Coen prequel
Sometime after we heard the first thing, another source claimed that the next spinoff would be about Lambert, Coen, and, surprisingly, Eskel. Meaning, something before the events of Season 2 when Eskel was alive and well. Our source didn’t specify whether this was intended to be live-action or anime, but suggested that it was more likely to be live-action. Still, nothing concrete.
Interestingly enough, during the Season 2 The Witcher: Unlocked panel, Lauren Hissrich joked about a potential Lambert/Coen spinoff. After we heard from our source, we immediately thought of this panel and that joke. Perhaps it wasn’t a joke? That Instagram post by Paul also adds fuel to the fire somewhat.
3. New Witcher anime film in pre-production by Studio Mir
And here’s the other thing we heard just over a week ago. Another source claims that the next Witcher anime will once again be animated by Studio Mir and has been in pre-production since March 2022. It’s not unexpected, since Nightmare of the Wolf was received quite well and its art style was welcomed by many.
That said, animations do take a while, so we shouldn’t expect this one anytime soon.
What should we make of all this?
This is where things get a little confusing because we aren’t sure whether the Lambert/Coen/Eskel project is live-action or anime so it’s hard to say for certain what happens with it and when. If it’s live-action, it could get underway this year already.
So is the Lambert/Coen spinoff live-action or anime after all? Will it feature Eskel as one of our sources claimed? If it’s the anime Studio Mir started working on, what is the live-action project then? Perhaps the live-action series is about the Kaer Morhen brothers and the anime is unrelated? There’s a lot we don’t know, unfortunately.
One other thing to note is that unlike the main series of any IP that is safe and solid, the prequels of said IP are not as safe and can be scrapped and reworked if necessary, so until we hear something concrete, it’s hard to say what’s happening exactly.
The Witcher: Blood Origin is currently in post-production for a release later this year. Stay tuned for more Blood Origin news in the coming week!