Live-action WARHAMMER 40,000 TV series announced


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Woah.

Fran Spotnitz of The X-Files and The Man in the High Castle is developing a TV show based on the Eisenhorn saga by Dan Abnett, set in Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe. This is the story of an Imperial Inquisitor rooting out heretical cults and followers of Chaos who is forced to embrace the weapons of the enemy to defeat them, and ends up in a precarious situation. There are eight books so far in the series with two more to come, so they have plenty of material to work with.

This series in particular was probably chosen because of the relatively tight focus, small scale and small cast of characters, all of which make this more practical than some of the other stories in the setting.


See I'd just get Robert J Schwalb to write the script since he's like the best at evil.


Wow. That is really great News. And the Eisenhorn Novels are great material, as they are very cyberpunk and not so much MOAR MARINES!


small scale? imagine the cost of the Thracian Primaris triumph, but I guess they picked the best story to adapt


The thought occurs to me that if it does well and does a lot of the heavy lifting in regards to world building it could lead to spinoffs with other parts of the 40K universe... Who would you like to play Roboute Guilliman?


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I'm really not sure how you could ever adapt a universe on the scale of WH40K to television without it looking ridiculously underbudgeted to fans of the franchise. Unless someday realistic CGI becomes dirt cheap, which it ain't now.


Knoq Nixoy wrote:
small scale? imagine the cost of the Thracian Primaris triumph, but I guess they picked the best story to adapt

Well, "relatively" small scale compared to most of the stories.

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I'm really not sure how you could ever adapt a universe on the scale of WH40K to television without it looking ridiculously underbudgeted to fans of the franchise. Unless someday realistic CGI becomes dirt cheap, which it ain't now.

This is something of a concern, although much more if they were adapting the Heresy or the Tyranid invasion of Ultramar or another bigger-scale story. For Eisenhorn they shouldn't really have a problem.

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I wanna see a Predator remake with a bunch of guardsmen being stalked by a lictor through a jungle and if they don't get to a dropship, they're gonna die when the navy glasses the planet.


There is also an animated series about the Blood Angels in the works.

Terrible ideas all around. It's going to be very difficult to find a balance between showing how horribly fascist the Empire is without glorifying it, and not having it coming across as completely silly.

Given how badly written The Man In The Castle (the series) was, I wouldn't get my hopes up.

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I thought small scale was a pun about the fact that it's based on a minis game. :)

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JoelF847 wrote:
I thought small scale was a pun about the fact that it's based on a minis game. :)

Nope, the point is that everything in WH40K happens on a such massive scale that you would need an enormous budget to make it work.

Eisenhorn, and to an extent Ciaphas Cain are less "big" so to speak. They're manageable.


CIAPHAS CAIN! HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!


Robuste Gulliman? hmmmmm Bruce Willus? Can we time travel and get a young Bruce Willus. (Its joke!)


I just relisten to the Eisenhorn Novels due to being in a 40k/SR5 game. The first book is very much in the scope of a Bond Movie. If you look at altered Carbon, a lot of the visuals could be lifted straight from the 40k Universe, so I think it is absolutely possible.


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Hama wrote:
I wanna see a Predator remake with a bunch of guardsmen being stalked by a lictor through a jungle and if they don't get to a dropship, they're gonna die when the navy glasses the planet.

Ah, you've played some LOST PATROL then?

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Werthead wrote:
Hama wrote:
I wanna see a Predator remake with a bunch of guardsmen being stalked by a lictor through a jungle and if they don't get to a dropship, they're gonna die when the navy glasses the planet.
Ah, you've played some LOST PATROL then?

Oh yes


if they adapt short stories from Magos there's one where they hunt a tyranid

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