While he may have been forced to hang up the cape as Superman, Henry Cavill is moving ahead quickly and is looking to bring his passion for Games Workshop’s celebrated Warhammer 40,000 game to audiences with a new series for Prime Video.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Cavill is lining up to star and executive produce a new live-action adaptation of Warhammer 40,000 for Prime Video. Prime Video has secured the rights to the game, produced by Games Workshop, after months of negotiations and fending off rival companies that also sought the rights. This is envisioned as a potential film and TV play.
Cavill took to Instragam today to confirm his involvement in the new project, and his enthusiasm was on full display, especially with the use of a #ForTheEmperor hashtag.
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Currently, no writers or showrunners are attached to the Warhammer 40,000 project and it is currently in development alongside Vertigo Entertainment, which secured the rights alongside Cavill. Vertigo will executive produce with Cavill and GAW’s Andy Smillie and Max Bottrill, along with Amazon Studios.
“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!” said Andy Smillie, creative director of GAW.
The prospect of a Warhammer 40,000 series from Prime Video is incredibly exciting and with a super fan like Henry Cavill at the forefront, this could turn into something marvellous. While there’s no indication of what the story would be it’s likely that he’ll take on some kind of character from the Adeptus Astartes also known as the Space Marines, and has in past said that he’d be very interested in adapting the story of Gregor Eisenhorn, a famed, honourable and brutal Inquisitor of the Imperium of Mankind, and has brought up the character in previous interviews. But we’ll just have to see where this goes from here.
It’s still early days on where we’re at with any possible Warhammer 40,000 adaptation but with Prime Video adapting the series and Henry Cavill leading the charge it’s going to be extremely exciting so watch this space.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter