The Witcher: Blood Origin Writer's Room Revealed; Featuring Swamp Thing, Iron Fist, Snowpiercer Veterans

The full writer's room for the upcoming prequel The Witcher: Blood Origin was revealed and there's plenty of talent from Marvel and DC among other shows.

By Allisa James

September 19, 2020

The Witcher: Blood Origin, the prequel series announced back in July, will be getting plenty more talent in their writer’s room. The Redanian Intelligence: The Witcher Twitter account revealed the full writer’s room today:

This group of writers are incredibly talented and are well known for wide range of works ranging from Swamp Thing, Carnival Row, Moon Knight, Snowpiercer, Mandy, Iron Fist, and more. And also very importantly, this writer’s room is very diverse which will lend itself well to creativity and variety in ideas. If you want to read more information about each one, you can read up on Redanian Intelligence’s blog post here.

The series follows the path of “The First Witcher” and is set 1200 years before the tale of Geralt of Rivia that we’ve all come to know and love. The series comes from Declan De Barra, who wrote an episode from Season One of The Witcher, alongside work on Marvel’s The Iron Fist and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who has a very impressive list of credits, including work on The Witcher, The Umbrella Academy and Daredevil.

According to news site Redanian Intelligence, Netflix is looking to cast Aquaman and Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa as the lead character in The Witcher: Blood Origin. Netflix has officially announced that Kim Bodnia will be playing the role of Vesemir in the upcoming season 2 of The Witcher. This news comes after the reveal that the animated series The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will be starring the same character.

Netflix also revealed more of the season 2 cast, which was drawn from Game of Thrones and other shows. The Witcher in general is one of the most popular releases of 2019 and has garnered plenty of attention from fans, to the point of the show still being in high demand even now. Following the show’s success, the book publisher has announced they’ll be reprinting 500,000 copies of the original novel to meet demand. Henry Cavill, the actor who plays Geralt of Rivia, confirmed on his Instagram that season two will be in pre-production soon.

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Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich addressed some criticisms of The Witcher in an extensive and informative Twitter thread about the creative process and how certain decisions are made when adapting any sort of media. However, in a recent interview with TV Guide Hissrich stated that the multiple timelines of The Witcher‘s first season was “obviously one of the most controversial aspects of the show,” and while she defended this approach to telling the story, she acknowledged that some audiences found this storytelling device to be confusing.

In that regard, Hissrich explained that Season 2 of the show “will be a lot easier to follow,” and that the next season “aligns all of our characters on a similar timeline.” While the show seemingly will still utilize a structure taking place over different periods of time, Hissrich stated that its approach will be done “in a different way” that should hopefully be more appealing to audiences.

It seems the series’s launch has had a positive affect on the games, as it caused a large resurgence in The Witcher 3′s player count — which hit over 100,000 concurrent players on Steam, more players than during its launch. Be sure to check out our own review for the Netflix series The Witcher here.

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Allisa James

Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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