The Henry Cavill Warhammer series continues to move forward at Amazon Prime Video which was first announced one year ago.
Games Workshop who owns the IP has announced they have singed the deal with Amazon Studios.
“Back in December last year we announced Games Workshop and Amazon Studios had signed an agreement in principle to work together to bring the Warhammer 40,000 universe to screens, big and small,” stated the company on its blog. “Well, today we have an update, and it’s one we’ve all been longing to hear. We’ve now signed the full agreement and the next stage can begin!”
Games Workshop confirms the Warhammer series will move into pre-production “championed by Henry Cavill” who will executive produce and star in the series.
“Now comes the fun part: working out all the creative details with our partners and getting the first script written and into production. What Warhammer 40,000 stories should we tell first? Should we kick off with a movie or a TV show? Both?!” teased the company.
Games Workshop continued, “All we can tell you right now is that an elite band of screenwriters, each with their own particular passion for Warhammer, is being assembled to help bring the setting and characters you love to the screen. 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.”
The company also said it’s not unusual for TV projects to take a while to develop.
“TV and Film production is a mammoth undertaking,” added the blog post. “It’s not unusual for projects to take two to three years from this point before something arrives on screen. Still, things are now properly rolling, and you can bet we’ll bring you all the latest updates and cool snippets as soon as we’re able.”
“For 30 years I have dreamt of seeing a Warhammer universe in live action,” said Cavill last December at the time of the first announcement. “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.”
Cavill continued with a mention of his girlfriend who is a former executive at Legendary and who oversees TV at Vertigo Entertainment that partnered with Cavill on Warhammer.
“Partnering with Natalie Viscuso at Vertigo has been a blessing beyond words, without her we might not have found the perfect home at Amazon,” he said. “And having a home like Amazon will give us the freedom to be true to the massive scope of Warhammer.”
Cavill continued, “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 endeavour to bring you something fantastic that is, as of yet, unseen. Our first steps are to find our Filmmaker/Creator/Writer. Watch this space, my friends.
“I have loved Warhammer since I was a boy, making this moment truly special for me,” added Cavill. 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.”