As streamers continue to carve out a niche in specialty content, Netflix has firmly established itself in original anime production from established and original IPs. On Tuesday morning, the platform showcased an exciting bunch of upcoming titles, headlining the highly anticipated animated spin-off “The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf,” in a pre-recorded Studio Focus panel, airing in the part of the Annecy Film Festival.
In “The Witcher,” one of Netflix’s most popular original series to date, Henry Cavill plays Geralt de Rivera, the outcast monster hunter who is hated by most people he meets and ready to make a dangerous and unsavory work for a salary, earning himself the admiration of some he has helped. But, before Geralt came Vesemir, a headstrong young witcher who relishes his work and the earthly benefits he reaps by doing what others can’t or won’t. Seemingly unwavering, Vesemir will face a crisis of conscience when a new power threatens the continent, forcing him to reassess why he’s doing the job he does.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (“Defenders”, “Daredevil”), creator, showrunner and executive producer of Netflix’s live-action series “The Witcher”, will also produce the showrun and co-executive for her animated spin-off with Kwang Il Han (“The Boondocks”, “The Last Airbender”) in the directors chair. Original series writer Beau DeMayo wrote the scripts, and Korean company Studio Mir is doing the animation production.
Specific plot details were limited during the presentation, but Hissrich, DeMayo, and Il Han discussed their more general narrative ambitions for the series, as well as the influences that shape the look and feel of “Wolf’s Nightmare. “.
“There are things I wanted to know, what it takes to become a witcher, how Geralt became a witcher, where his journey began and who was important to him,” Hissrich explained of his ambitions for series.
While the second season of “The Witcher” will focus heavily on Geralt the father figure and Ciri the child, Hissrich wondered what kind of father figure Geralt had when he was developing and wanted to learn more about Vesemir. And although Vesemir will appear in season two of the live-action series, she said that the upcoming anime gives them the opportunity to show how Vesemir’s past affects the mainland world on the show. live action.
“Families are multigenerational. The things I teach my children I learned from the generation that came before me. When we meet Geralt in ‘The Witcher’ he’s a full grown-up, he’s 100 years old and he’s been living alone for a very long time. But you can’t help but wonder how he learned the things he practices regularly and will teach Ciri, ”explained Hissrich.
In “The Witcher” it is known that magic was part of the creation of witers in the first place, but now mages and witers do not get along. “The Wolf’s Nightmare” will go a long way in exploring how this relationship, which began as a collaboration, has poisoned over time.
“This is going to give fans who know the series a totally unique experience which I hope will make them feel like they are coming back to ‘The Witcher’ for the first time,” DeMayo said when asked about his ultimate hopes for the animated series. . “I’m also just excited for the fans to see the action. It’s pretty awesome.
Finally, Il Han explained his own influences and his take on the series and gave a brief overview of several conceptual landscape art images. Large and vibrant, the hand-painted blueprints featured a highly detailed castle, plans for a medieval town center, and an eerie-looking crystalline keep.
Mark Millar and Leinil Yu’s original graphic novel “Super Crooks” will be adapted as a Netflix Original, directed by Motonobu Hori, who previously directed “Carole & Tuesday” and has been a host on several classic feature films including “Spirited Away” and ” Metropolis “. Tokyo Bones (‘My Hero Academia’, ‘Mob Psycho 100’) studio will handle animation production. In the series, two-bit criminal Johnny Bolt assembles an elite team of world for one last overkill heist.
Netflix commissioned the all-female manga team Clamp and production company WIT Studio to develop and produce a new series based on Grimm’s classic fairy tales, with older character design and more animation production. late. The new series offers a modern take on well-established fables by adding elements of horror and suspense to increase the impact of the stories.
Another manga adaptation, “Thermae Romae Novae” by Mari Yamazaki will also get the series treatment at Netflix, directed by Tetsuya Tatamitani and adapted by screenwriter Yuichiro Momose (“So I’m a spider, so what?”), Who previously teamed up on the workplace satirical comedy “Africa no Salaryman”. The Japanese studio Naz will take care of the animation production.
Beginning at the height of the Roman Empire, “Thermae Romae Novae” is a time travel comedy that follows Roman bath designer Lucius who is unwittingly time-propelled to present-day Japan, where he capitalizes on his unique situation by… studying 21st century of Japanese bath culture.