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Just received an email from the ultramarines movie news team, claiming the following:
Acclaimed Warhammer 40,000 author Dan Abnett is named as writer of the ULTRAMARINES movie screenplay.
With more than 30 Black Library titles to his name, including the Gaunt's Ghost series, the Eisenhorn trilogy, the Ravenor spin-off and two of the Horus Heresy books, Dan's storytelling skills and extensive knowledge of the Warhammer 40,000 universe made him a natural candidate for the role.
Award-winning animator and filmmaker Martyn Pick is announced as director on the ULTRAMARINES movie. Martyn is recognised for his distinctive style which fuses live action and animation.
Past work includes the 2009 feature film The Age of Stupid, on which he was animation director; London 2012, the promotional film commissioned by Film London and the London Development Agency; the 2001 US Budweiser NBA and the celebrated BBC promotional trailers for the Euro 2004 soccer tournament.
More information (And an interview!) to be found Here and Here.
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Wow, Dan Abnett is writing the story...
I know his name soooooo well and I havn't even touched a black library book... I'm guessing thats just a bit of appreciation of how well known he is...
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Dan Abnett's doing it? Great! So im gussing this means its not going to be the "smurfs save the day" type film most of us thought it was then
Well Hoorah to that.
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Excellent news! I am now a great deal more optimistic about this movie now that Abbnet is writing it.
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Well I was already planning to see this film, just for giggles. But if Abnet is writing it (and they actually listen to him). I may have to harm people who impede me from viewing the film. Ultrasmurfs or no ultrasmurfs!
Not to be hating here, but I can't shake the same feelings I have about the Black Library--that the "marketing on steroids" approach will make it impossible for me to completely take it seriously. Nobody wants to make a movie here. They just want to find a new way to deliver us a "commercial" for the models and games. It's sad that Hollywood is so bereft of original material that it's playing along, whether this is a "straight to video" release or not.
Sorry, just had to rant a little. No offense to the Abnett fans out there.
Sorry but I haven't heard much about Dan Abnett's work as I have yet to buy any 40k novels, Do most of his books have a common theme or does he do a whole host of different types of story?
I'm asking as It might hint to what the films story will end up like (thats if they listen to him ofcourse)
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Does anyone think GW picked Codex pictures to make it purely because of the name?
I'm still in two minds about this project. Management probably have Canew's view on it - a new way to advertise. But I'd like to think those actually involved in the project are going to put a lot of effort in to this and make something... well...
Perhaps I'll just aim for tolerable. Anything better will be a bonus!
As i see it, whatever the reasons behind GW management comissioning it, there is the possibility of getting a decent film out of this. Apart from funding this now seems to be in the hands of a company who we know can do decent animation and a writer who we know can write decent stories. It could be rushed, Abnett could have too many restrictions on his creative input. and th whole think could be too low budget. It could be the film equivalent of Final LIberation, but it has the potential to be good now. It could be the film equivalent of Dawn of War.
Not every marketing fueled spin off is bad...
I've just been googling Dan Abnett. I knew he wrote some good BL books and he's done a fair bit of his own material, steam punk stuff for example. I've also listened to a decent audiobook he did for the Dr who franchise and I'm pretty sure he's written for other big franchises, superman, primeval etc. Looking at a google book search though there seems to be a lot more. Comic books on military history for teenagers, I can believe thats him. What about the Wallace and Gromitt stuff, that fits with the whole 'I'll write for a franchise' thing, but is it the same man? Did our Dan Abnett really co write Banana hiccups with Nik Vincent (I think he did and Nik is his wife). This man certainly has.... erm... range!