Amazon intervened in Warp and drew an “agreement in principle” with it warhammer Manufacturer Games Workshop (GW), which would give him film, television, and merchandising rights to the company’s sci-fi Warhammer 40,000 franchise.
It also featured recently off-project actor Henry Cavill, who has signed on to star and executive produce a new series set in the Grimdark universe.
Games Workshop clarified that it had not entered into a formal deal with the Bezos-founded megacorporation, but had only “reached agreement on material terms and conditions” that were entirely dependent on contract negotiations, which GW said the parties are working towards.
That doesn’t mean it will necessarily be long before we can expect the murky darkness of the distant future to hit our screens. “Prior to signing the deal, Amazon will begin certain development activities (such as having preliminary discussions with authors) to facilitate the project,” Games Workshop said.
The only indication of what will emerge from the partnership is GW’s statement that it will initially intends to give rights only to the Warhammer 40k universe, leaving the way open for a future trip to the Old World as well.
Unsurprisingly for those unfamiliar with the world of Warhammer 40,000, it takes place in the 41st millennium, far in the far future of our world. Human civilization has stagnated in an endless dark age, besieged on all sides by enemy aliens and Warhammer’s eternal villains, the Chaos Gods.
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Warhammer, both the original fantasy variant and the futuristic 40k setting, is a tabletop wargame in which players paint miniatures of their chosen armies and engage in battles. The franchises have also spawned many video games, novels, and other media, and Games Workshop has notoriously protected its intellectual property rights over the years.
Warhammer 40k was last released in 2010 with a CG film about the Ultramarines chapter of 40k’s legendary Space Marine characters.
God Emperor Cavill?
Actor Henry Cavill, known for film roles such as Superman and the title character Geralt in the Netflix adaptation by Andrzej Sapkowski witcher book series, has a lot of credibility for geeks – including almost missing out on being cast as Superman because he missed a call during the heist World of Warcraft — and the actor is also a well-known Warhammer enthusiast who has posted many of his mini painting projects on social media.
Cavill departs The Witcher after the upcoming third season, and the actor recently announced that he would not be returning to the superman Neither do franchises. He says that in time he’ll be ready to immerse himself in the Warhammer universe he’s loved since childhood.
“I couldn’t be more grateful for all the hard work that Vertigo has put in [Entertainment], Amazon Studios and Games Workshop to make this possible. One step closer to fulfilling a near-lifelong dream,” Cavill said.
Vertigo Entertainment has partnered with Cavill “to secure the coveted intellectual property and deliver it to Amazon Studios” and will also serve as executive producer. “Having the opportunity to steward this cinematic universe from the beginning is a great honor and responsibility,” Cavill said.
Cavill was originally signed for seven seasons The Witcher and expressed his excitement about the project, saying “As long as we can continue to tell great stories that honor Sapkowski’s work”, he was willing to continue the series.
Rumors of dissatisfaction with the way the Netflix adaptation is going have swirled around Cavill’s departure, with Amazon crediting his executive producer warhammer Project and statement of “herding” the franchise all the more interesting.
The role Cavill will play on screen remains unknown – perhaps The Emperor of Man? Then again, if he wants to return to his monster-hunting roots, Cavill would surely find some excitement hurling a bolter into the depths of one of them Necromunda‘s mutant-ridden hive cities. ®
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