Animated Warhammer 40,000 Ultramarines Movie Being Made
I'm breaking my own rules today to report this news because I'm a huge fan of the Warhammer 40,000 universe and have been for a very long time. Games Workshop has officially announced that they will be making a feature-length animated CGI movie based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe that will be titled Ultramarines. The 70-minute sci-fi thriller will use CGI and state-of-the-art animation production techniques and unfortunately be released straight-to-DVD and not in theaters. However, this is the first step in the right direction in hopes of one day (maybe?) seeing a live-action Warhammer 40,000 movie made.
Ultramarines is being developed by Codex Pictures. Erik Mogensen of Games Workshop commented:
"Over the years, we have been approached again and again by all sorts of producers and film companies wanting to take our intellectual property to the screen. We have always believed that, in the right hands, the stories, themes and characters from the Warhammer 40,000 universe would lend themselves perfectly to the movie genre. We're working closely with the talented team at Codex Pictures, who have an excellent understanding of the Warhammer 40,000 intellectual property and an inspired vision for the movie. We can't wait to see our universe come to life on-screen."
For those who aren't familiar with Warhammer 40,000, here are some of the basics. The universe is part of a tabletop miniature wargame produced by Games Workshop, set in a science fantasy universe. Warhammer 40,000's gothic space fantasy setting spans a vast fictional universe. Its various factions and races include the Imperium of Man (the human race), the Orks, and the Eldar. Since first appearing in 1987, an extensive mythology was created for all of the races. The Ultramarines are an elite force of Space Marines identifiable by their futuristic protective armor (and are also coincidentally my favorite faction). I can't wait for this!
Check out the production blog for Ultramarines for updates and more: ultramarinesthemovie.com.