He might not be Superman anymore — nor even the Witcher, after leaving the Netflix franchise of the same name — but Henry Cavill has a new destination in mind sure to delight legions of fans: he’s bringing Warhammer 40K to the screen for Amazon.
Cavill will executive produce and star in the franchise for Amazon, with the Hollywood Reporter teasing that the company is looking at the property for both film and television. Vertigo Entertainment will also be executive producing alongside Games Workshop, which owns the property, and Amazon Studios.
In a statement, Andy Smillie, creative director of Games Workshop, said, “It’s great news and we’re absolutely thrilled; we’re working with a fantastic triumvirate in Henry, Vertigo, and Amazon. Henry’s well-known love of Warhammer 40,000—and his passion as a world-builder and storyteller—will serve us all well in the coming years. Finally, Warhammer will make it to the screen as the fans have hoped, and as they deserve. Exciting times!”
Cavill added, “I have loved Warhammer since I was a boy, making this moment truly special for me. The opportunity to shepherd this cinematic universe from its inception is quite the honor and the responsibility. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the hard work put in by Vertigo, Amazon Studios and Games Workshop to make this happen. One step closer to making a nigh on lifelong dream come true.”
Warhammer 40K — also known as Warhammer 40,000 — started life as a miniature war game in the UK in 1987, and has since grown into a multimedia property that includes novels, animated series, and comic books, with Marvel locking in the rights back in 2020. The title refers to the fact that the franchise is set 40,000 years in the future, in a reality where humanity is locked into perpetual warfare with aliens and supernatural monsters.
Cavill’s fandom for the property has been known for some time; he has shared his love of painting the miniatures more than once, and has repeatedly said that a Warhammer adaptation would be a dream project. Now, finally, he’s gotten the chance to make that dream come true. All things considered, it’s a pretty good consolation prize for losing out on the chance to return as Superman.
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