The Witcher Season 2 is dated to release in 2021. Netflix has planned an anime film with title The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf which coexists with live-action The Witcher TV show. There are updates about the anime film not being about Geralt but some other Witcher.
Who is making The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf?
The Witcher’s showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich will be a part of the project and it will also include Beau DeMayo, who wrote the third episode of The Witcher: Betrayer Moon. It was an important episode because it included one of the most epic battle scenes consisting of Geralt and Striga, also Yennefer’s transformation into a beauty.
The announcement tweet about the movie disclosed that Studio Mir, a South Korean animation studio in Seoul will be taking up the project. The studio is known for making The Legend of Korra and Voltron: Legendary Defender.
What is The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf about?
As we have mentioned in our earlier article about the new cast members for season 2 of The Witcher, it seems that Kim Bodnia is cast as Vesemir and the role is going to be an important one for season 2 or further. For those who don’t know who Vesemir is, he is a Witcher who trained Geralt of Rivia to become a Witcher that he is now. Vesemir is probably the oldest one on the continent, after the assault on School of the Wolf, Vesemir was of the few survives. According to Redanian Intelligence, a website about The Witcher show, Nightmare of the Wolf will tell the story of Vesemir.
The official description of the movie is:
Long before mentoring Geralt, Vesemir begins his own journey as a witcher after the mysterious Deglan claims him through the Law of Surprise.
Who will Voice Vesemir in The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf?
Nothing’s confirmed yet, but Kim Bodnia will play Vesemir in the coming season 2. He might voice for the role in the anime film too. If at all the filmmakers opt for a younger voice, as the story demands, Theo James had already voiced for the role in season 1 for a flashback, James might be a perfect fit. There are reports about James voicing for other Netflix animated shows too.
Harriet Kershaw has also voiced for a couple of roles. She might as well be a part of Nightmare of the Wolf.
What is the genre of The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf?
In an interview with ComicBook.com, writer Beau DeMayo revealed a few interesting details about the movie. The moviemakers have taken inspirations from Dragon Ball Z. Action sequences from Dragon Ball Z came to Beau DeMayo’s mind while thinking about The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.
Some of that stuff, as I said, was really baked in my DNA. The Sailor Moon of it all, Dragon Ball Z, big spectacle action like Dragon Ball Z type action scene looks goofy in live-action. But it looks badass in the animation.
He spoke more about the approach for action scenes that are merely possible in an anime unlike live-action movies or TV shows:
When you’re approaching an action scene in anime, it was just like, what is something that we could only animate that we couldn’t do in the live-action show, so that it feels of its own world and it feels earned?
Not only will the movie include action but also a lot of storytelling through emotion. He said:
I think, with the live-action but also with the anime, it was just so important that it not just be an action fest, that there’d be a story there. That there’d be emotion there that’s really sincere. A lot of people underrate animation, especially anime sometimes, for being able to deliver emotion, really poignant emotion.
When will The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf release?
The anime film is a back story about young Vesemir. The Witcher Season 2 includes old Vesemir meaning the movie will release before season 2 premieres on Netflix. No specific dates have been announced yet about the release date. Production of Season 2 of The Witcher is halted due to Coronavirus outbreak. The making of Nightmare of the Wolf might also have been impacted. There is a high chance of delay, for now, fingers crossed.