While many were sad to learn this week that Henry Cavill has been de-caped from his role as Superman, it certainly won’t be the last time the star graces your screen. It has just been announced that the actor will star in and produce an upcoming Amazon franchise across all productions, including potential films, television series, and more. The cinematic universe is based off Warhammer 40,000, which is notably the most popular miniature warfare game in the world. Here’s everything we know so far.
Formal Announcement of the Franchise
On Friday, December 16th, it was revealed on the official Warhammer Community website that Amazon had secured the global rights for Warhammer 40,000. “The agreement encompasses rights to the universe across series, film, and more,” the statement from Amazon Studios reads.
“Warhammer 40,000 has captured the imagination of fans of all ages, from all walks of life, and all over the world,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon and MGM Studios. “We are excited to work with Henry, Vertigo Entertainment, and Games Workshop across our Amazon entertainment businesses on this brilliant, immersive franchise for our global customers to experience for years to come.”
Henry Cavill’s Statements on Warhammer 40,000
Henry Cavill also issued a statement regarding his excitement of his involvement in the franchise. “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 honour and the responsibility,” said Cavill. “I couldn’t be more grateful for all the hard work put in by Vertigo, Amazon and Games Workshop to make this happen. One step closer to making a nigh-on lifelong dream come true.”
In addition to this, Cavill also took to Instagram to share the good news. “For 30 years I have dreamt of seeing a Warhammer universe in live action. Now, after 22 years of experience in this industry, I finally feel that I have the skill set and experience to guide a Warhammer Cinematic Universe into life,” he wrote, adding, “Having a home like Amazon will give us the freedom to be true to the massive scope of Warhammer. To all of you Warhammer fans out there, I promise to respect this IP that we love. I promise to bring you something familiar. And I endeavor to bring you something fantastic that is, as of yet, unseen.”
Cavill also thanked Natalie Viscuso, the vice president at Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment, for her involvement and partnership in securing the Warhammer 40,000 IP. Viscuso also happens to be Cavill’s girlfriend of over a year. As for next steps, Cavill says they are looking for a filmmaker, creator, and writer.
Cavill’s involvement comes as no surprise to many. The self-described “Proper Geek” has publicly declared the warfare game to be one of his “almost life long hobbies” and is known to paint miniature figurines from it.
What is Warhammer?
Unfamiliar with Warhammer? It all began in 1975, when three British roommates started a company called Games Workshop in their garage. Following a boom in business after importing Dungeons & Dragons to Europe, they formed a subsidiary company, Citadel Miniatures. There, Warhammer Fantasy—the first branch—was developed, blending both D&D and other traditional tabletop wargames. The first edition of the game and its rulebook were released in 1983, the same year that Cavill was born.
The other branch, Warhammer 40,000, is the science fiction version of the universe. Initially developed by Rick Priestly in 1987, this version of the game features space orks, space elves, and heavily armored Marines fighting for dominance. Later, in 1993, Andy Chambers launched Warhammer 40,000 Second Edition, the version of the game we know today. And, it also happens to be the version Henry Cavill is interested in.
As for what to expect from the cinematic franchise, Amazon Studios has stated that, “Warhammer 40,000 is set in the far future, where humanity stands at the edge of what might be its brightest future, or its darkest age. The threats to humankind’s empire are many — traitors driven by the fires of ambition, alien empires sworn to reclaim the stars, and the corruption of reality by malevolent gods.”
One thing is for sure: we can’t wait to see what Cavill, Amazon Studios, Vertigo Entertainment, and all others involved come up with.
Here at Bookstr, we can’t wait for more news on the Warhammer 40,000 series and its development. Until then, you can read more updates on Henry Cavill here. And, for all other news on what’s happening within the realm of pop culture, click here.
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