Yesterday looked like a bit of a blow for Henry Cavill as a clearly emotional actor dropped a message from the heart on Instagram following the new DC leadership confirming they are going in a different direction with Superman. He’s not down or out though, he has moved immediately on to Warhammer 40,000.
Cavill is a self-confessed geek. The role of Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher was something he fought for as a fan of the source material. Another passion of his? Warhammer 40,000. The world famous, widespread desktop wargame will be a dream project for him.
Jeff Sneider and The Hot Mic with The Hollywood Reporter confirm that Amazon is in final talks for the screen rights, and Cavill is attached to star and executive produce a TV series based on the property.
This has so much potential, with its sci-fi setting, expansive across the whole galaxy, also steeped in fantasy and mysticism. Great tech, great civilisations, religion and superstition mixed with galactic conflict, a deep and complex lore to mine. As long as they have learned their lessons from The Rings Of Power then they could be bagging a winner here.
Vertigo Entertainment will be the production engine behind this.
The story is set in the distant future where a mythical emperor is also God, and a stagnant human civilization is fighting on multiple fronts against hostile alien races and supernatural creatures. Galactic War, tyranny, heresy, betrayal genocide, religious conflict and a glorious but violent death in battle are simply the normal. Trillions are engulfed in war across millions of planets.
Twisted, turncoat humans, Orks, Eldar, Dark Eldar, Tyranids, Necrons, the Tau and the forces of chaos all threaten the who all pose a considerable threat to the survival and continued dominance of the Imperium Of Man.
Warhammer 40,000 is the most widely played desktop game in the world and has a big cadre of players in Hollywood, and wider in entertainment.
Vin Diesel, Ed Sheeran, Kirstin Dunst, Kevin Smith, Bill Murray, the late Edward Woodward and Robin Williams, Jason Mewes, Ansel Elgort, and Trey Parker have dabbled alongside Cavill.
Another player in Hollywood is The Haunting of Bly Manor star Rahul Kohli. Straight after Cavill announced the end of his time as Superman, Kohli tweeted:
“Hey Henry, f— it, let’s make a Warhammer movie/limited series. Kind regards, Rahul.”
Straight away Asa Butterfield volunteered to play a role and Sinister writer C. Robert Cargill said he would write a script, so the property has a whole lot of love in Hollywood.