The Witcher Was So Huge for Netflix They’re Producing an Anime Film

Netflix says The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, is pacing to be its biggest first-season original TV series ever. The Witcher, which debuted Dec. 20 on Netflix, was chosen to be watched by 76 million customer households in the first four weeks of release, according to the company.

That means 46% of Netflix’s subscribers as of the end of 2019 watched The Witcher over that time span.  Unsurprisingly, Netflix renewed The Witcher for Season 2 last fall, more than a month before the freshman season hit the streaming service.



Now Netflix is growing The Witcher universe with a new anime spinoff film titled The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, the streaming service announced Wednesday. From Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and producer Beau DeMayo, Netflix says “the world of ‘The Witcher’ expands in this anime film that explores a powerful new threat facing the Continent.”

The project hails from Studio Mir, the renowned Korean animation studio best known for The Legend of Korra and Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender. The Witcher, follows the stories of monster hunter Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), sorceress Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and young princess Ciri (Freya Allan).


The Nightmare of the Wolf movie announcement comes one day after Netflix said that The Witcher TV series was the biggest first season debut in Netflix’s history, per the streaming service’s new “view” counting methods. 

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Meghan Murphy

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