X-Files And Man In The High Castle Producer To Helm Warhammer 40K TV Series
I've wanted a true Warhammer 40,000 TV series ever since I was a kid. It was never going to happen back then, the universe the show is set in is remarkably demanding to get on screen, so I have been content with various video games set in Games Workshop's dark future since then. It is no longer a pipe dream, however, as Frank Spotnitz, producer of the X-files and Man In The High Castle, is teaming up with Games Workshop to give us one finally.
The series will be based around the Inquisitor Eisenhorn books, about a man who leads a group of investigators who hunt down heretics and demons in a far-flung future where just about everything is ravaged by war. Author Dan Abnett originally wrote the books and published by Games Workshop's Black Library imprint.
In a news post to the Games Workshop website, Spotnitz talks a little about why he wanted to work on the show. "We are delighted to collaborate with Games Workshop to develop the beloved visionary world of Warhammer 40,000 into a TV series. Warhammer 40,000 is steeped in rich and complex lore, with a myriad of traditions and stories that have accumulated over time in this thrilling and complex world, making it one of the most exciting properties to adapt for television audiences and the franchise’s loyal global fanbase. There is nothing else like it on television, and we are incredibly excited to tap into our own experience creating imaginative, complex and compelling worlds to bring this incredible saga to the screen.”, he said.
It is early days yet, so there is no set casting or any news of that sort. What there is, though, is a massive market for the show. Games Workshop games are played all over the world, and engagement with the business has done nothing but grow in recent years. Even from a production point of view, Gregor Eisenhorn makes a lot of sense as a focus for a show.
The scale that Warhammer 40,000 can get too is enormous, entire planets at war, endless hordes of aliens fighting each other, massive space-faring, and the occasional wholesale destruction of a world if the Imperium decides it is too far gone to be worth saving. I shall be keeping a close eye on this one, and given Games Workshop's history it isn't all that far-fetched to expect to tie in board games and video games.