After the success of The Witcher – 67%, epic fantasy series starring Henry Cavill (Immortals – 36%, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice – 27%, Enola Holmes – 95%), Netflix wants to catch fans with a new anime movie titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (The Wolf’s Nightmare), which tells the story of Geralt of Rivia’s mentor and companion, the warlock Vesemir.
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The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare is an animated feature film written and produced by Lauren Schmidt, showrunner of the series, and is directed by Kwang il han, who has served as a director on the series The boondocks (2005-2014) and in the anime art department Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016-2018) and the movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge (2020).
The trailer shows us Vesemir facing horrible monsters and himself becoming one after taking a potion. The action and character design is sure to appeal to fans of The witcher and Japanese animation. In the cast we have the voices of Theo James (Insurgent – 29%, The Secret Scripture – 29%, The End of Everything – 12%) as Vesemir, Lara Pulver (Sherlock –
97%, Edge of Tomorrow – 91%, Underworld: Blood Wars – 19%) as Tetra, Graham McTavish (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 64%, Outlander – 80%, Castlevania – 100%) as Deglan, and Mary McDonnell (Donnie Darko – 85%, The Price Of Greed – 88%, Scream 4 – 58%) as Lady Zerbst.
This is the official synopsis of The Witcher: The Wolf’s Nightmare (via Collider):
The world of The Witcher is expanded in this anime origin story: Before Geralt, there was his mentor Vesemir, a swashbuckling young warlock who escaped a life of poverty to kill monsters for coins. But when a strange new monster begins to terrorize a politically tense kingdom, Vesemir finds himself on a terrifying adventure that forces him to confront the demons of his past.
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In addition to The Witcher: The Wolf’s NightmareNetflix is developing a prequel series entitled The Witcher: Blood Origin, which will be divided into six parts and will tell the origins of witches in the remote past, and will continue to expand the universe based on the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. There is not much information for now and it is expected to arrive sometime in 2022.
The sword and witchcraft fantasy genre had a resurgence following the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 91% in 2001. The success of the trilogy caused a wave of productions of all kinds in Hollywood, with irregular quality and in most cases simple imitations of what was done by Peter Jackson (Dead of Fear – 64%, King Kong ( 2005) – 84%, They Will Never Get Old – 100%). In the cinema it seemed increasingly clear that there was not much future if you kept trying to imitate The Lord of the Rings, so it was television that showed a new path for the genre with the arrival of Game of Thrones – 59%.
The HBO series, adapted from the novels by George RR Martin, was a critical and audience success, bringing extreme violence and sex to a fantasy universe with dragons and magic. With the end of game of Thrones in 2019, many companies want to find their successor and Netflix could not be left behind, that is why we have The witcher and now his spin-off movie.
Amazon Studios also wants to compete to have the best fantasy series in history and is developing a prequel series to The Lord of the Rings, whose budget exceeds that of any television production of the past. It is expected to hit Amazon Prime Video in early 2022, with eight episodes left for its first season.
With all of the above, it is clear that the fantasy genre is more alive than ever and that fans of it will have a lot to enjoy in the coming years, especially on television, thanks to services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max.
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