- Games Workshop has announced that an agreement is officially in place with Amazon to develop adaptations based on Warhammer 40,000.
- The American tech giant also has the option to give Warhammer fantasy the Hollywood treatment.
- Henry Cavill is confirmed to executive produce and star in the project, which is still a few years away.
In a new blog post, Warhammer 40,000 owner Games Workshop has announced that it has officially inked a deal with Amazon to develop movies and TV shows based on the popular miniature wargame. This agreement takes place a little over a year after both of these parties accepted a deal in principle to make adaptations for the Warhammer IP.
Further to its announcement on 16 December 2022, Games Workshop is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Amazon Content Services LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, for the prospective development by Amazon of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe into films and television series, together with associated merchandising rights.”
In addition to exclusive rights to develop content based on Warhammer 40,000, Amazon is also getting merchandising rights for the adaptations it will produce. Furthermore, Games Workshop has also given the American company an option to develop film and TV shows that follow the Warhammer Fantasy IP after it produces a 40,000 adaptation.
Games Workshop has granted exclusive rights to Amazon in relation to films and television series set within the Warhammer 40,000 universe, together with an option for Amazon to license equivalent rights in the Warhammer Fantasy universe following the release of the initial Warhammer 40,000 production.”
Therefore, if the Warhammer 40,000 production is a success for Amazon, we could also see its fantasy counterpart get the Hollywood treatment. The statement further goes on to say that Games Workshop will work with creatives at Amazon for the next 12 months to decide on creative guidelines for the Warhammer adaptations and will only proceed with this agreement once these directions are set.
Games Workshop and Amazon will work together for a period of 12 months to agree creative guidelines for the films and television series to be developed by Amazon. The agreement will only proceed once the creative guidelines are mutually agreed between Games Workshop and Amazon.”
In another statement on the Warhammer Community website, Games Workshop confirmed that these movies and shows can take up to 2-3 years to hit your screen from this point onward, so we’ll have to wait a little bit. But, the universe is now in proper development, and an elite band of writers is being brought together to bring the IP to life.
In addition, the statement also confirmed that Henry Cavill will be involved in the universe and will act as an executive producer in addition to appearing in the adaptation. The involvement of the childhood Warhammer 40,000 fan has been linked for ages and the Hollywood star said in 2021 that he wants to play a Primarch or one of the Captain Generals.
With Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine II also coming out on September 9, 2024, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC, Warhammer fans have a lot to look forward to in all forms of entertainment.
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