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Ultramarines – General Zod and an Elephant Man to voice the Warhammer 40000 crew

Posted by LiveFor on March 10, 2010

I was already excited for the CGI movie based on the Games Workshop Warhammer 40K universe and now we get some quality actors involved. Terence Stamp, Sean Pertwee and John Hurt head the cast of actors lending their voices – and their facial expressions – to the Ultramarines movie.

Other key parts are to be played by Steven Waddington, Donald Sumpter and Johnny Harris, with Ben Bishop, Christopher Finney and Gary Martin appearing in supporting roles.

The three lead actors shared their thoughts on working on Ultramarines…

Multi award-winning and Oscar-nominated Terence Stamp confesses that a boyhood love of the science fiction classics attracted him to his role. “Warhammer 40,000 is an incredibly strange world, yet one with rules,” he says. “I felt very comfortable with Ultramarines – in fact, it’s really the culmination of a lot of things I’ve been in.” Stamp’s previous credits include Superman, Superman II, Valkyrie and the Halo 3 video game.

Sean Pertwee, acclaimed for his role in the action horror movie Dog Soldiers, says, “Before Ultramarines, I had no idea about the depth of Warhammer 40,000. I used to be into graphic art, so I find the concepts and architecture and character designs quite extraordinary. This film really is being made for the fans.” Pertwee’s other credits include Event Horizon, Mutant Chronicles and Equilibrium, as well as the video games Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior and Killzone 2.

John Hurt, winner of countless international awards and Oscar-nominated for his performances in The Elephant Man and Midnight Express, has a special feature role in Ultramarines. He says, “I know quite a lot about Warhammer 40,000 because my elder son was into it. I used to take him down to the store in London’s Oxford Street so he could see it in action. It’s a very different world which really teases the imagination.” Hurt’s numerous other film roles include Alien, Hellboy and Hellboy II and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Vanessa Chapman, managing director of the production company, Codex Pictures, is delighted to have attracted such a prestigious cast to Ultramarines. “Our goal has been to give the characters distinctive and authoritative voices, fitting to these superhuman men of war,” she says. “Coupled with the authentic and engaging facial capture provided by Image Metrics, these outstanding actors are going to do so much to bring the Warhammer 40,000 universe powerfully to life on screen.”

Check out the official site.

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Ultramarines – Concept art for the Warhammer 40000 film

Posted by LiveFor on February 25, 2010

Been a while since there was any news on the Martyn Pick directed Ultramarines film. Now some concept art has surfaced via Quiet Earth.

Looks like they are being very faithful to the source material.

Check out the official site.

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UPDATED: Warhammer’s Ultramarines film gets a director

Posted by LiveFor on November 18, 2009

A short time ago I mentioned the news that a film based on Games Workshops Warhammer 40,000 universe was in the works.

Now I can tell you that a man has been found to helm the Ultramarines film, according to Quiet Earth, and that man is…..Martyn Pick. Who he? I hear you cry.

Well he is an animator, director and artist who has worked on The Age of Stupid and Chicago 10. He’s also done lots of commercials and videos.

He also did this which sounds cool (from his site) – In 2008 he was commissioned by Film London and the London Development Agency to make “London” a five minute film celebrating the capitals edge and diversity in the run up to the 2012 Olympics. This made particular use of a technique he had developed in the test film “Blythborough” where he painted directly into live action footage using digital tools, making the digital manipulation of live action more direct and spontaneous. The resulting film produced by Th1ng was premiered at the Beijing Olympics.

The film is being written by Dan Abnett, who has done loads of books set in the same universe.

Abnett promises the film will focus on the most iconic elements of the Warhammer 40K world. More from him in the interview below.

UPDATE: I emailed Martyn Pick about this and he has confirmed that he is indeed directing the film.

What do you want to see in the 40K film?

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UPDATED: Ultramarines – Warhammer 40000 film heading our way

Posted by LiveFor on September 30, 2009

UPDATE: Now there is a director attached – more here.

Games Workshop fans rejoice. Ultramarines are heading our way.

The moment fans have been waiting for is finally here… for the first time, the Warhammer 40,000 universe will be realised in a feature-length movie on DVD.

Ultramarines is a 70-minute sci-fi thriller that will use CGI and state-of-the-art animation production techniques. Games Workshop is delighted to be working with UK-based production company Codex Pictures, who have the momentous task of bringing the Warhammer 40,000 universe to the screen.

UPDATE: Fans of the franchise may recall Games Workshop’s similar attempt in the film field several years ago with Bloodquest, a fully animated feature film starring the Blood Angels Chapter. Unfortunately, Bloodquest was “put on hold” and the production company disbanded before work was ever resumed on the project.

Check out the official site. The video clip below is nothing to do with this film as far as I am aware.

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