Henry Cavill’s The Witcher has rapidly grow to be one in every of Netflix’s hottest exhibits. Earlier this yr, a Redanian Intelligence report revealed that Netflix is developing an anime feature film 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 largest questions have been answered.
Right here’s a breakdown of every thing we find out about Nightmare of the World on Netflix up to now:
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 sequence 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 is not going to adapt any of them. As an alternative, Netflix is seeking to inform a wholly new story a few beloved character who will likely be launched within the present’s upcoming second season: Vesemir.
Vesemir is an outdated witcher who serves as a father determine to Geralt (Henry Cavill) within the books and the video games, however based on the movie’s official description, the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 Legislation of Shock.” In line with author Beau DeMayo, the story will exist throughout 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 top 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 primary character of the anime movie, it’s attainable that Bodnia will reprise his position in Nightmare of the Wolf.
That being stated, there may be another choice that’s simply as doubtless. Seeing as Nightmare of the Wolf includes a youthful Vesemir, Netflix might 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 sequence and The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance. On condition 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 growing 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+ sequence set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Additionally concerned within the movie is The Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich, although her actual 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 sequence). If the animation will likely 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 wanting to see extra of the Continent. It’s no shock, then, that Netflix has chosen to develop a spin-off movie. Nevertheless, some followers are stunned concerning the option to make Nightmare of the Wolf an anime. Author Beau DeMayo was just lately requested this query in an interview with Comicbook.com, and offered a radical reply.
[The Witcher world] is an enormous canvas, and I truly began out my profession working as an assistant and government at Disney in animation, and it was there the place I first acquired my job within the business,” DeMayo defined. So I used to be conscious when Lauren got here and requested me to jot down [the film] what we may do in animation that you simply can’t do in live-action.
There may be not essentially at all times parity between these two mediums. There are issues that you would be able to animate in an animated type that can look so superb, so badass, that for those who did it in live-action, it’s simply going to look goofy or it’s simply going to register as just a little 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 enables a special taste. So I believe from Lauren and [my] perspective after we got here at it, was what’s the kind of story we will inform? Which, I can’t let you know the story, however what’s the kind of story that we may inform that we may by no means inform in our live-action scope? One thing with magic and monsters and journey and romance that you simply couldn’t essentially use a live-action medium to inform, and I believe when folks see the anime and when it releases, there are very explicit selections we made.
And the script itself, there are particular issues it takes benefit of when it comes to animation that solely animation can do. I believe that’s what’s essentially the most thrilling factor that I’m ready for followers to see. Is that, once 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 instructed in live-action in any approach, form or type. At the least not with out an unbelievable burden on manufacturing, I’ll say that.
Will Nightmare of the Wolf on motion or drama?
In another 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 stated, 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-sort motion scene appears to be like goofy in dwell motion. But it surely appears to be like badass within the animation. Once you’re approaching an motion scene in anime, it was identical to, what’s one thing that we may 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, will probably be grounded in a human story.
I believe, with the live-action but additionally with the anime, [it] was simply so essential 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 with 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 recommended that the streaming service hopes to launch the movie between season one and season two of the present. The Witcher season two is at present anticipated to launch within the first half of 2021, so it’s attainable the anime movie will launch later this yr.
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