Paul W.S. Anderson Adapting Peter V. Brett's The Warded Man
by Alex Billington
July 29, 2009
What is Paul W.S. Anderson butchering next? First off, he might return to direct Resident Evil: Afterlife, but after that, why not some fantasy? THR reports that Anderson and his producing partner Jeremy Bolt have picked up film rights to Peter V. Brett's fantasy novel "The Warded Man." Anderson is attached to direct and will produce with Bolt. The book is set in an "undetermined future" where mankind is beset by nightly attacks from demonkind and has been thrown into a feudal state. Three young people emerge with the potential power to turn the tide, including a man who has wards (aka spells) tattooed on his body.
"It launched in the U.K. six months earlier than in the U.S., and we got wind of it when it was in galley form before the U.K. release. We think it has the potential to be a new Lord of the Rings-style epic, and the book has all this great imagery," Anderson said. I don't know, I don't think someone like Paul W.S. Anderson would be able to make anything even remotely as good as Lord of the Rings. I mean, enjoyed Death Race, and I think Pandorum looks good (Bolt and Anderson also produced that), but I don't have the highest hopes for "The Warded Man." In the meantime, if you want to read the novel, you can pick it up right here.