Games Workshop has announced that it is teaming with Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man in the High Castle) to develop Eisenhorn, a live-action sci-fi/fantasy series based upon the hugely successful Warhammer 40,000 games, miniatures and novels.
Eisenhorn is based on novels written by New York Times bestselling author Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, The Horus Heresy) and takes place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, where mankind teeters on the brink of annihilation. The official description reads:
While humanity’s armies wage unending war across a million battlefields, in the darkness, a secret conflict rages – fought by the agents of the Imperial Inquisition. Drawing from sci-fi, fantasy and crime genres, Eisenhorn will see Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn and his band of investigators fight to thwart the monstrous schemes of aliens, heretics and daemons before mankind’s doom is sealed.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Games Workshop to develop the beloved visionary world of Warhammer 40,000 into a TV series,” said Spotnitz. “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.”
“We’re thrilled to be working with Frank and his team at Big Light Productions,” added Andy Smillie of Games Workshop. “Warhammer 40,000 has a massive global fanbase – they are a passionate community of Warhammer hobbyists who love to engage with our characters, stories and games. I’m truly delighted we are able to develop a show that will reward their loyalty. Inquisitor Eisenhorn represents one of the best-loved characters within our worlds, and we’re excited to share his exploits and adventures with audiences new and old. Frank and his outstanding team at Big Light have done amazing things with other properties, bringing complex worlds to the screen, and we can’t wait to see what our partnership produces for the grim darkness of Warhammer 40,000.”