Amazon Studios today announced that it has secured global rights to Warhammer 40,000. Based on the immensely popular intellectual property (IP) from Games Workshop (GAW) the agreement encompasses rights to the universe across series, film, and more. This is the first deal of its kind for Amazon Studios for IP of this scale. It allows the company to utilise the title across its entertainment businesses. Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Mission: Impossible – Fallout) is set to star in and executive produce the Warhammer 40,000 franchise across all Amazon Studios productions.
Since launching nearly 40 years ago, the Warhammer universe has been constantly expanding. GAW’s miniatures, sourcebooks, tabletop games, animations, novels, a wealth of licensed material, and video games all support the IP.
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.
“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 on Warhammer
“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 Henry 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.”
“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.
Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Natalie Viscuso (Barbarian, The Lego franchise, the It films, The Departed) partnered with Henry Cavill early on to secure the coveted IP and deliver it to Amazon Studios. Vertigo will executive produce with Cavill and GAW’s Andy Smillie and Max Bottrill alongside Amazon Studios.
Henry Cavill’s numerous projects on the horizon include Matthew Vaughn’s globe-trotting spy thriller Argylle, the highly anticipated reboot of Highlander, Guy Ritchie’s The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Cavill is widely known to be a fan of Warhammer, as such the actor turning his attentions to a multi-media representation of the IP will surely be well received by fans.