Games Workshop has revealed that it’s finalised a deal with Amazon that was first announced in December last year, which will give Amazon exclusive rights to produce content set in the iconic Warhammer 40K universe, with Henry Cavill set to executive produce and star in the franchise.
The deal will see the two companies work together for an initial period of 12 months to draw up agreed creative guidelines for both films and televisions series as part of the Amazon deal. Analysts have suggested that any upfront payment to Games Workshop to license the IP will have been “modest” and that the greater value in the deal is the wider exposure to Prime Video’s audience.
In December 2022 we announced Games Workshop and Amazon Studios had signed an agreement in principle to bring Warhammer 40,000 to screens big and small.
“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!
“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?!
“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.
“TV and Film production is a mammoth undertaking. 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.”