The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf has released its first trailer! Netflix and CD Projekt Red teamed up for a series of major reveals during the recent WitcherCon that not only included the first look at the second season of the live-action The Witcher series, but a first look at many of the other projects they currently have in the works. One of the most intriguing is the special anime spin-off film project, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, which takes years before the events of the live-action series and follows the adventures of Geralt's mentor, Vesemir instead. You can check out the trailer in the video below!
The new anime film takes place far before Geralt started roaming the wilderness in search of monsters, and instead this film will follow his mentor Vesemir during his monster-hunting days. Witcher showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich and writer Beau DeMayo are at the helm of the film alongside Studio Mir, and DeMayo recently broke down why they decided to go the animation route for the prequel.
"I think from just... In terms of what the Witcher world is capable of, It is a massive canvas, and I actually started out my career working as an assistant and executive at Disney in animation, and it was there where I first got my job in the industry," DeMayo said. "So I was aware when Lauren came and asked me to write it, what we could do in animation that you cannot do in live-action. There is not necessarily always parity between those two mediums. There are things that you can animate in an animated form that will look so amazing, so badass, that if you did it in action, in live-action, it's just going to look goofy or it's just going to register as a little false to the human eye."
"Something with magic and monsters and adventure and romance that you couldn't necessarily use a live-action medium to tell, and I think when people see the anime and when it releases, there are very particular choices we made," DeMayo said. "And the script itself, there are certain things it takes advantage of in terms of animation that only animation can do. I think that's what's the most exciting thing that I'm waiting for fans to see. Is that, when you see the anime, it's not just the events, it's what Studio Mir has been capable of pulling off. It's what our partners in the anime division at Netflix have been able to pull off. It is something... it is a story we could not have told in live-action in any way, shape or form. At least not with an incredible burden on production, I will say that.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf currently has no release date.
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