Dan Abnett Talks UltraMarines – The Warhammer 40k Movie

Back in the day I once was a Warhammer 40K geek, but I sucked at the game so I just stuck to painting the figures and putting them on display. That was my favourite part of the game was that it was so visual.

The most popular faction in the war game of the far fletched future was clearly the Space Marines, and the most elite of them was the UltraMarines. So it seems only fitting to have that be the focus and title of the upcoming Warhammer 40K movie.

JoBlo lets us in:

Rookie director Martyn Pick has been given directorial duties for ULTRAMARINES, based on the table-top game and many subsequent books and whatnots. Screenplay is already being banged out by Dan Abnett, known in the industry for his work with Marvel and DC as well as having written a number of 40K books already, so the dude knows that stuff.

And here is a short clip of Dan Abnett talking about how encouraged he is on the direction for the Warhammer movie:

I am very interested to see how this will turn out. I worry however, that the special effects required to make this come to life will be so elaborate that this might as well have been a CG film and not the liveaction mixed proposal they are working with. And as much as I would like to see the Tau or Eldar, the classic pairing in the 40K world has always been the Space Marines vs the Orks.

I am happy to hear they hired a fan favourite writer that really knows his stuff in the 40K world.

10 thoughts on “Dan Abnett Talks UltraMarines – The Warhammer 40k Movie

  1. If a real movie and not an animation, then please make it “R.” Violence is what defines WH40K. Also, what makes WH40K interesting is the almost insane devotion to the emperor. The writer has so much elements to work with that I am afraid that he will confuse depth with complexity.
    WH40K background is very complex, but IMHO, a successful movie just needs to have depth and likable characters, which WH40K have plenty of (both).

    1. An R is completely unnecessary and will alienate half of their target audience.

      Go into a Games Workshop store and try to count how many people there on a Saturday Afternoon playing their games is over 18?

      This wont be an R, and doesn’t need to be.

    2. have you read any of dan abnetts books he is a master and if the movie is anything like his writeing it shouldnt matter if its rated r or not he is a master at bringin the 40k univers to life if you havent read his stuff read the ravenor series.

  2. I am excited, but I am also terrified of what will happen if this film fails. Fans will scream and shout at GW, and if the film is a 12 then I shall not buy it. Purely because there will not be enough grimness to satisfy the 40k universe. But I can’t wait to see it!

  3. Im thinking that it will be against chaos,but it will be that or orks. I’m hoping(probably in vain)that they will fight there original enimies,the tyranids. The tyranids were always their biggist threat,and as a tyranid player,Im hoping for at least a reference.

  4. I am actually pretty afraid of how bad the movie could potentially be. I explained the basic idea of warhammer to my wife and she though I was super dorky for having heard of them.

    They when I pointed them out in a comic shop, she went nuts! She thought I was making the whole thing up.

    It should be interesting to see how it is.

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