Henry Cavill may not be donning a red cape, but he does have a cool new gig.
The actor, who yesterday officially hung up his Man of Steel cape after Warner Bros. announced it is going in a new Superman direction thanks to DC Studio heads James Gunn and Peter Safran, is attached to star and executive produce a series adaptation of Warhammer 40,000, the popular science-fiction fantasy miniature wargame that is set up at Amazon.
Amazon is in final talks for the rights to the game, produced by Games Workshop, after months of negotiations and fending off rival companies that also sought the rights.
No writers or showrunners are attached, although Vertigo Entertainment is attached to also executive produce.
Warhammer is akin to a Dungeons & Dragons — dice are involved in the playing — but also features intricate miniatures that players can place and move around a model-constructed battlefield or world. Games Workshop in the 1980s made miniatures for D&D and launched the game in 1987. It has grown to become the most popular miniature wargame in the world and spawned many imitators.
The game’s setting is 40,000 years into the future where things a dark indeed. Human civilization has stopped progressing and is in an unending war with aliens and magical beings, with gods and demons figuring into at theological class system.
The humans make up the Imperium of Man, who a militaristic. A race of skeleton-like androids are known as the Necron, there is an elvish race known as Aeldari as well as Orks, Tyranids are nasty aliens, and the T’au is a blue-skinned alien race that may offer some hope.
Cavill is a known to be a Warhammer fan and paints figures. Because the project is in such early stages — to reiterate, Amazon has yet to close the deal — this is not Cavill’s next gig.
But it is an ambitious move for Amazon and could deliver a show that is epic in scale as it combines the big genre elements of sci-fi and fantasy as well as a host of human and non-human characters.