One year ago, we first heard about Amazon and Games Workshop joining forces, with Henry Cavill in the mix, to bring the dark sci-fi universe of Warhammer 40,000 to the big and small screens. Now, the full agreement between the parties has been closed and work can begin on the tentative projects.
The original 2022 report from The Hollywood Reporter explicitly stated the plan was to have Henry Cavill (a longtime diehard of the Warhammer franchise) executive produce and star in a series adaptation of WH40K and then move from there. The intention was (and still is) to develop several projects of different sizes and with distinct creative teams, a strategy that's worked out well so far for Games Workshop and its partners when it comes to video games.
Amazon secured the rights to the famous tabletop-game-turned-multimedia-franchise after fending off rival companies looking to grab them too. While no writers nor showrunners are attached to any project yet, we should be hearing about new developments in the coming months if Games Workshop and Amazon want to move fast with these. According to THR's 2022 report, "Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Natalie Viscuso teamed with Cavill to secure the rights and deliver them to Amazon." The new blog post from Games Workshop doesn't mention such specifics, but we're guessing the same deal is still on, as it does mention Cavill will spearhead the adaptation efforts: "This illustrious group will be championed by Henry Cavill, who stands ready to take his place as executive producer – bringing his pen, sword and/or spear to the project."
Having 'Amazon money' to spend on these projects will definitely help get them right, as the universe of Warhammer 40K is anything but restrained, and huge in scale. For those who aren't familiar with it, the overarching narrative is set in the (really) distant future, where human civilisation is facing several hostile alien races and supernatural creatures that defy all logic. In this universe, magic, demons, and other fantasy elements (heavily influenced by the regular Warhammer setting) are common and mixed with the dark science fiction often presented with heavy gothic aesthetics. The setting has been greatly developed over the years through the tabletop game's rulebooks and numerous novels, later spreading into the realm of video games across many genres.
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