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Warhammer – starring Henry Cavill, it’s official

Yesterday, news broke that Henry Cavill and Amazon were working together to bring Games Workshop‘s Warhammer universe to film and television. Now, it’s official, as Games Workshop has announced the project. Working with Amazon Studios, the Warhammer 40,000 universe will come to screens big and small. Henry Cavill will be the Executive Producer and will star as well.

The deal with Amazon Studios is for rights to the universe for film and “more”.

Below is the official announcement as well as Cavill’s own announcement.

Amazon Studios today announced that it has secured global rights to Warhammer  40,000, based on the immensely popular intellectual property from Games Workshop (GAW) that has given rise to an immersive global hobby – Warhammer. The agreement encompasses rights to the universe across series, film, and more, and will sit alongside GAW’s activities as they continue to make the best miniatures in the world. This is the first deal of its kind for Amazon Studios for IP of this scale, and it allows the company to utilize 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 through GAW’s miniatures, sourcebooks, tabletop games, animations, novels, a wealth of licensed material, and video games. 

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.”

“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.” 

Henry Cavill at Games Workshop

“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 franchisethe 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, and Season Three of The Witcher. He is represented by WME. 

Cavill took to Instagram for his own announcement about the project:

For 30 years I have dreamt of seeing a Warhammer universe in live action. Now, after 22 years of experience in this industry, I finally feel that I have the skill set and experience to guide a Warhammer Cinematic Universe into life. Partnering with Natalie Viscuso at Vertigo has been a blessing beyond words, without her we might not have found the perfect home at Amazon. And having a home like Amazon will give us the freedom to be true to the massive scope of Warhammer. To all of you Warhammer fans out there, I promise to respect this IP that we love. I promise to bring you something familiar. And I endeavour to bring you something fantastic that is, as of yet, unseen.

Our first steps are to find our Filmmaker/Creator/Writer. Watch this space, my friends.

For The Emperor!

#Warhammer

From Superman to 40K, Cavill’s next play, Warhammer 40,000 for Amazon?

Henry Cavill, Warhammer 40K Emperor

It’s been an up-and-down end of the year for Henry Cavill. The actor announced his return as Superman for DC’s film universe. He exited The Witcher television series. Then he was out as Superman. Now, news has broken that the actor might be stepping in to produce and star in a Warhammer 40,000 series for Amazon.

While the deal is not done, Amazon is in the final talks for the rights to Games Workshop’s world. They have fended off others who see the potential goldmine in the property which remains relatively untapped. Cavill would star in and produce the adaptation along with Vertigo Entertainment which will executive produce. The actor is a known fan of the game, posting photos of his painting Adeptus Custodes miniatures on Instagram as well as talking about the hobby on talk shows.

Warhammer 40,000 is a 35-year-old game that has players building and painting miniatures to build an army and battle it out on the tabletop. Along with rules, the world is massive delivering stories on the macro and micro levels. It’s built its producer Games Workshop into a powerhouse of a business spawning numerous competitors and imitators.

Set 40,000 years from now, humanity is a militaristic society doing battle with aliens like Ork, the elf-like Aeldari, alien-like (as in the other property) Tyranids, daemonic Chaos, anime-inspired T’au, and more.

The world’s history spans over 10 thousand years from the Emperor’s unification of Earth to its expansion to the stars and the eventual betrayal by some of the Emperor’s forces in what’s known as the Horus Heresy and its current battles on multiple fronts. It boasts an ever-evolving story and world, full of shocking and epic moments on a grand scale.

The brilliance of the universe is its stories span massive battles that make the biggest in the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars look like a skirmish to small and focused stories about corruption at the local level. Planets are exterminated with orbital bombardment or crack squads are sent down to eliminate a single threat. The flexibility of stories is vast and unending.

There’s been a few attempts to adapt the world, mostly in animation with a lot of hits and misses. Games Workshop launched Warhammer+, their digital subscription service which included numerous animated series which were generally good. A television series based on the character Gregor Eisenhorn was announced in 2019 with The X-Files exec producer Frank Spotnitz as showrunner.

Games Workshop has focused in recent years on expanding its property beyond the tabletop. Licensing has increased with the property expanding to clothing, other games, cups, animation, toys, and more.

(via Hollywood Reporter)

SDCC 2022: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Trailer Released

A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary roleplaying game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure.

Directed by: Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley
Screenplay by: Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Michael Gilio
Story by: Chris McKay & Michael Gilio – Based on HASBRO’S DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
Produced by: Jeremy Latcham, p.g.a., Brian Goldner, Nick Meyer
Executive Producers: Denis L. Stewart, Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Chris Pine, Zev Foreman, Greg Mooradian
Cast: Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head and Hugh Grant

Ocean View Studios’ The Wargaming Stories is Now Up on Kickstarter

The Wargaming Stories

Ocean View Studios‘ anticipated series, The Wargaming Stories, is live on Kickstarter.

Each episode will focus on a single individual or company as the series dives into their lives, contribution, and passion for wargaming. There are EIGHT confirmed stand-alone episodes to date, with a run time of 60-150 minutes per episode.

The Wargaming Stories features extensive interviews with Rick Priestley (creator of Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40,000), games designer Alessio Cavatore (writer of The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game), legendary sculptors Alan and Michael PerryYoutube sensations MiniWar Gaming, and in-depth episodes with game manufacturers Warlord Games and Mantic Games, plus many more. You can find an expanded list on the Kickstarter page.

There are numerous options to support the project including just a few episodes, the entire series, and even a limited edition bust or “producer” title.

The campaign has a $40,787 goal and runs until November 4, 1:03 PM EDT.

Miniature Wargaming: The Movie Teaches the History of the Hobby and Shows Its Heart

Miniature Wargaming: The Movie

The world of miniature wargaming is massive. Today, it’s a multi-million dollar business that spans the world. I myself have been a miniature wargame player for about 25 years. I began with Warhammer 40,000 just as the second edition launched and to this day have the first miniature I purchased (an Ork Goff Nob). I consider myself well-versed in the industry so went into the documentary Miniature Wargaming: The Movie intrigued with what I might learn.

It’s an interesting documentary that does an admirable job in condensing the massive industry and vast amount of games into a 1 hour and 46 minute film. And, impressively, it does it quite well.

What’s interesting about the film is that it has a clear thematic arc in the various phases of miniature wargaming, pre-World War II, Post World War II to Games Workshop, Kickstarter/e-commerce, and then YouTube. There’s a fantastic focus on not just the world but also how the time impacted the industry.

But beyond an overview of the industry, the games, the publishers, the film also dives a bit into the “scene”. Two individuals plan for a tournament they’re attending. Another two individuals talk about UK Games Expo that they’ll be exhibiting at. While much of the movie is an overview, its these segments that deliver a bit of heart, especially as one developer struggles to get his board game to audiences. There’s also some dips into what the games and community gives back to individuals. Some interviewed hint at dark times in their lives and that gaming helped get them through it by connecting with others.

And that’s the unexpected thing about the film.

There’s a focus on how this fun hobby has members who struggle and it’s the hobby that helps them get through that. The first half of the film gets you caught up about the world but the latter half brings the heart. It’s a pivot that hits viewers as it creates a human element to the film. It takes what is a documentary about a commercial venture that one can argue is superficial, and shows that it’s anything but. This is a hobby that means so much to so many and it’s a hobby that involves connections with others.

What starts, and was expected to be, a documentary about the miniature wargame community turns into something so much more. It’s a touching film about a community brought together through a shared love of something. There’s highs and lows… and a lot of heart. It doesn’t attempt to do much. There seems to be a recognition you could do a full length film on any of the topics it touches upon, so it doesn’t attempt it.

Miniature Wargaming: The Movie is an impressive introduction to the hobby but it’s so much more. It brings a human aspect to it all. It brings emotion to an industry ruled by rules. While not a perfect film, I walked away knowing more about the industry and its history and also recognizing why the hobby means so much to me as a player. It’s something I’ve struggled with during the pandemic and general isolation for the entire time. Miniature wargaming is an escape from the stress of things. That can be the modeling aspect of it, getting immersed in the world, learning new rules, or playing the game. Any and all of those achieves that. It’s a way to connect with others over a shared love of something. Most importantly, it’s a way to have fun.


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The Dungeons & Dragons Film is Set for 2021

Paramount and Hasbro announced a slew of films that’ll be coming out over the next few years. Four films in total will be released in 2020 and 2021 based on Hasbro properties.

Of particular interest to games will be Dungeons & Dragons which is set to be released July 23, 2021. An untitled event film is set for October 1 the same year.

Before that, we’ll get G.I. Joe and Micronauts in 2020.

The new G.I. Joe film will come to theaters March 27, 2020 while Micronauts will bring the toy line to the big screen October 16, 2020.

“Game Night” is board games done by the makers of Horrible Bosses with a side of David Fincher’s “The Game.”

game-might-movie-2018-posterIt’s Horrible Bosses meets David Fincher’s The Game.

Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are a mostly happy married couple living in the suburbs whose highlight of their week is a game night with their friends. But when Max’s much more successful and wealthy brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) comes to visit, awakening Max’s sibling rivalry and competitive streak to the next level, Brooks decides to take over their game night by replacing it with a kidnapping / murder mystery. The twist? Brooks is actually kidnapped, and our group thinks it’s just a game. And. . . hijinks ensue.

What could’ve been another mundane comedy actually has some good laughs, including when it’s using its R-rating to the fullest extent it can. But more than that, it relies on building its characters and a great supporting cast to keep it interesting. Normally this premise might have worn itself thin, but there are a couple of twists and turns that keep it enjoyable. However, it’s never too much and the script never takes itself too seriously or thinks it’s smarter than it is. Overall, it’s what we expect from the people who made Horrible Bosses. 

The real gem of the movie, though, is Jesse Plemons, who plays a creepy cop neighbor who really wants to get invited back to their game night. Plemons is one of the best actors working today, and he is perfect, even if a little over the top at times.

But his performance, like so many elements, actually make sense as things wrap up and you see the entire film for its totality. For instance? There are all these shots of various neighborhoods from above that somehow look like tiny scale models rather than real life. . . is it all part of a (gasp!) game? Make sure you stay through the first part of the credits for some specific payoff.

The other enjoyable part of this film is just how well it’s put together. An earlier comparison to Fincher is not just hyperbole– there is some artistry in the cinematography and directing here. For instance, a scene three-fourths of the way through the film during which a Fabrege egg (really it’s just a mcguffin– go with it) is used in a game of keep away in a gorgeous mansion as baddies chase our protagonists around– up and down staircases, in and out of rooms, swooping up and down giant open rooms with balconies above — all done to look like a single take.

It’s almost as much fun to watch as Plemons enjoy the heck out his character.

The biggest weakness of this film is it happens to be released amongst other films that will overshadow it at the box office. Can I recommend Game Night? Yes. Can I recommend you go see it instead of Black Panther or Annihilation? Well. . .

But if you are like our protagonists and are seeking some fun time with adult friends — and especially if you can go to a theater that will sell you adult beverages to go with it — and you just want to laugh and have a good time without thinking too much? This will scratch that particular itch. Otherwise, this is a definite recommend for watching at home with friends, with adult beverages, and perhaps with board games, especially if the game includes betrayal and murder. I highly recommend pairing this with a good game of Betrayal at House on the Hill or Werewolf.

(Rolls a d6 to determine overall score)
(Adds +2 Jesse Plemons)

3 out of 5 stars

(via our sister site Graphic Policy)

Enter the Battlefield, The Magic: The Gather Pro Tour Documentary

Enter the Battlefield is a feature-length documentary that follows the stories of seven Magic players across a season: Reid Duke, Owen Turtenwald, William Jensen, Shahar Shenhar, Patrick Chapin, Melissa DeTora, and Chris Pikula. While their goal for every game is to defeat their opponent, their life on the Pro Tour is about personal goals. More than anyone, they compete with themselves.

Streaming debut on Twitch.tv/Magic on April 25.
Released on Netflix and YouTube on April 26.

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