Amazon Studios has announced that it has secured the rights to Warhammer 40,000 and plans to launch a “Warhammer programming universe” to be produced by and star Henry Cavill.
Revealed on the official Warhammer Community website, Amazon has secured worldwide rights to Warhammer 40,000, the sci-fi universe created by Games Workshop. “The deal encompasses rights to the universe across series, movies and more,” the Amazon Studios statement read.
“This is the first such deal for Amazon Studios for IP of this scale, and it allows the company to use the title in its entertainment business,” he continued. “Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Mission: Impossible – Fallout) is set to star in and executive produce the Warhammer 40,000 franchise in all Amazon Studios productions.”
Currently, Amazon Studios only has the rights to Warhammer 40,000. There are no announced TV shows or movies, so it may be many years before we see any projects come to fruition. As such, it’s unclear who Henry Cavill may star in what’s being described as a Wahammer 40k “cinematic universe.” However, speaking to IGN last year, Cavill expressed an interest in playing one of the Primarchs or Captain Generals – very high-ranking key characters in the Warhammer mythos.
While concrete details about the shows and movies are likely way off, Cavill nonetheless seems thrilled to bring the sinister universe to life.
“I’ve loved Warhammer since I was a kid, which makes this moment really special for me. The opportunity to guide this cinematic universe from its inception is quite an honor and a responsibility,” Cavill said. Couldn’t be more grateful for all the hard work from Vertigo, Amazon and Games Workshop to make this happen. One more step towards realizing a lifelong dream.”
On Instagram, Cavill echoed his excitement in a post that ended by saying, “Our first steps are to find our filmmaker/creator/writer. Watch this space, folks.”
Amazon’s press release explains that Vertigo Entertainment has partnered with Henry Cavill to help secure the rights to Warhammer 40,000 and bring it to Amazon Studios. As such, it appears Cavill is spearheading the operation. Given his love for the universe, this is hopefully a pretty good thing for fans of Space Marines, Inquisition, Aeldari, and all other kinds of intergalactic horror.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Features Editor.