Henry Cavill’s The Witcher has shortly turn into certainly one of Netflix’s hottest exhibits. Earlier this 12 months, a Redanian Intelligence report revealed that Netflix is creating an anime characteristic movie set in The Witcher world (referred to as “The Continent”). Since then, we’ve discovered fairly a bit concerning the animated undertaking, and a few of our greatest questions have been answered.
Right here’s a breakdown of all the things we find out about Nightmare of the World on Netflix to this point:
What’s the story of ‘Nightmare of the Wolf’?
Although The Witcher is well-known from CD Projekt RED’s online game trilogy, the Netflix collection is predicated on the eight-book saga of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. There’s a wealth of fabric inside Sapkowski’s novels and brief tales, however Nightmare of the Wolf won’t adapt any of them. As a substitute, Netflix is trying to inform a completely new story a couple of beloved character who might be launched within the present’s upcoming second season: Vesemir.
Vesemir is an previous witcher who serves as a father determine to Geralt (Henry Cavill) within the books and the video games, however based on the movie’s official description, the occasions of Nightmare of the Wolf transpire lengthy earlier than Geralt is born. Netflix describes the movie as follows: “Lengthy earlier than mentoring Geralt, Vesemir begins his personal journey as a witcher after the mysterious Deglan claims him by means of the Regulation of Shock.” In keeping with author Beau DeMayo, the story will exist inside the present’s canon, and it’s more likely to tie into Vesemir’s live-action look in season two. It’s additionally attainable that we’ll see a cameo look by Geralt, maybe in the direction of the tip of the story.
Who will voice Vesemir?
Not way back, Netflix revealed that Killing Eve star Kim Bodnia has been forged within the position of Vesemir for The Witcher’s second season. Bodnia began filming alongside Cavill (Geralt), Freya Allan (Ciri), Yasen Atour (Coën), Paul Bullion (Lambert) and Thue Rasmussen (Eskel) earlier than the manufacturing was halted over COVID-19 considerations. Seeing as Vesemir is the principle character of the anime movie, it’s attainable that Bodnia will reprise his position in Nightmare of the Wolf.
That being mentioned, there may be an alternative choice that’s simply as doubtless. Seeing as Nightmare of the Wolf includes a youthful Vesemir, Netflix could have searched for an additional actor to voice the character. In The Witcher’s first season, Divergent’s Theo James voiced “Younger Vesemir” in a fast flashback sequence. James has a voice-acting background in Netflix productions, together with recurring roles within the animated Castlevania collection and The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance. Provided that rumors of this animated movie started circling many months earlier than season one aired, it’s attainable Theo James was signed on for Nightmare of the Wolf alongside his transient flashback in season one.
Which studio is creating Nightmare of the Wolf?
The script of Nightmare of the Wolf was written by Beau DeMayo, who penned the third episode of The Witcher’s first season, in addition to the second episode of the upcoming season. DeMayo has additionally joined the writers’ room for the Moon Knight Disney+ collection set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Additionally concerned within the movie is The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich, although her precise position within the undertaking is unknown. It’s doubtless that she supervised the undertaking.
In the meantime, the studio behind Nightmare of the Wolf’s animation is the Korean Studio Mir, well-known for the animation of Legend of Korra (the Avatar: The Final Airbender spinoff collection). If the animation might be pretty much as good as Korra’s, we’re in for fairly a deal with.
Why has Nightmare of the Wolf been chosen to be animated?
The Witcher’s fast success proved that audiences are desirous to see extra of the Continent. It’s no shock, then, that Netflix has chosen to develop a spin-off movie. Nonetheless, some followers are shocked concerning the option to make Nightmare of the Wolf an anime. Author Beau DeMayo was not too long ago requested this query in an interview with Comicbook.com, and offered a radical reply.
[The Witcher world] is a large canvas, and I really began out my profession working as an assistant and govt at Disney in animation, and it was there the place I first bought my job within the trade,” DeMayo defined. So I used to be conscious when Lauren got here and requested me to jot down [the film] what we might do in animation that you just can not do in live-action.
There’s not essentially all the time parity between these two mediums. There are issues that you could animate in an animated type that may look so superb, so badass, that in case you did it in live-action, it’s simply going to look goofy or it’s simply going to register as slightly false to the human eye.
Beau DeMayo additional elaborated concerning the aesthetic that animation would carry to Nightmare of the Wolf:
There’s a grace and an artwork type to animation, and particularly anime, that permits a special taste. So I feel from Lauren and [my] perspective after we got here at it, was what’s the kind of story we are able to inform? Which, I can’t let you know the story, however what’s the kind of story that we might inform that we might by no means inform in our live-action scope? One thing with magic and monsters and journey and romance that you just couldn’t essentially use a live-action medium to inform, and I feel when folks see the anime and when it releases, there are very specific decisions we made.
And the script itself, there are specific issues it takes benefit of by way of animation that solely animation can do. I feel that’s what’s probably the most thrilling factor that I’m ready for followers to see. Is that, if you see the anime, it’s not simply the occasions, it’s what Studio Mir has been able to pulling off. It’s what our companions within the anime division at Netflix have been capable of pull off. It’s one thing… it’s a story we couldn’t have advised in live-action in any method, form or type. At the very least not with out an unimaginable burden on manufacturing, I’ll say that.
Will Nightmare of the Wolf on motion or drama?
In one other article by Comicbook.com, DeMayo was requested concerning the motion sequences in Nightmare of the Wolf and whether or not they’d be the main target of the movie.
A few of that stuff, like I mentioned, was actually baked in my DNA. The Sailor Moon of all of it, Dragon Ball Z, big-spectacle motion that… Like a Dragon Ball Z-kind motion scene appears goofy in stay motion. Nevertheless it appears badass within the animation. While you’re approaching an motion scene in anime, it was identical to, what’s one thing that we might solely animate that we couldn’t do within the live-action present, in order that it feels of its personal world and it feels earned?
DeMayo has pressured that, regardless of the movie’s spectacular motion sequences, it will likely be grounded in a human story.
I feel, with the live-action but additionally with the anime, [it] was simply so necessary that it not simply be an action-fest, that there be a narrative there. That there be emotion there that’s actually honest. Lots of people underrate animation, particularly anime generally, for having the ability to ship emotion, actually poignant emotion.
When will Nightmare of the Wolf be on Netflix?
The official launch date of The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf has not been revealed by Netflix, however early rumors prompt that the streaming service hopes to launch the movie between season one and season two of the present. The Witcher season two is at the moment anticipated to launch within the first half of 2021, so it’s attainable the anime movie will launch later this 12 months.
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