According to a new rumor published a few hours ago by The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon Prime Video is closing on a deal with Games Workshop to produce a TV series based on the popular Warhammer 40K IP. The report also states that Vertigo Entertainment (The Stand, Them, Horizon, and the upcoming BioShock Netflix) will executive produce. However, the most exciting part is that Henry Cavill is clearly not attached to the project as actor and executive producer.
It is known that the famous actor is not only a gamer but also a huge fan of Warhammer 40K. He even paints his own miniatures. It’s also an interesting turn of events for Cavill, given he recently left The Witcher show (he’ll be replaced by Liam Hemsworth from Season 4), playing protagonist Geralt of Rivia. At first, Cavill announced that he would return to the role of Superman (after appearing in a brief cameo as Black Adam). Earlier this week, though, DCU head James Gunn revealed that that wouldn’t actually be the case, as the new plan is to have a younger Superman attached to the DCU.
While Warhammer 40K is originally a miniature wargame, the IP has been increasingly adapted into video games lately. Fatshark’s co-op first-person action game Darktide launched in late November; Earlier this year, Warhammer 40K fans were also treated to the launch of the turn-based tactical game Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters, not to mention the side-scrolling and gun games Shootas, Blood & Teef. Next year should see the release of Owlcat’s cRPG Rogue Trader and the highly anticipated sequel to Saber Interactive Space Marine 2.
Going back to the Warhammer 40K TV series, Cavill would certainly make for a great emperor of mankind if the show were set during the ensuing Age of Strife and Wars of Unification.