Paul W.S. Anderson Adapting Peter V. Brett's The Warded Man

July 29, 2009

The Warded Man

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.

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  • Antioch
    Story actually sounds kinda rad
  • TheSaint
    The story sounds awesome and I actually like Anderson, and the Resident Evil movies. I think that I'll go see this when it opens.
  • Fuelbot
    Yeah. Story sounds really interesting. Anderson should direct, but he shouldn't be allowed to write anything. Ever.
  • Xerxex
    sweet. Give him a chance Billington!
  • BLM
    Why hate on Paul and this project?
  • Tra la la la la di da
    Death Race was watchable, Pandorum looks crappy, and this is unoriginal, but the storyline is awesome. Resume doesn't speak well but visually Death Race was fun to watch so meh, Netflix no doubt.
  • Rob
    Why does everyone slate Paul Anderson? I happen to think he is a great Director/ Producer/ Writer, and has created a lot of good films, namely Soldier and the Resident Evil Trilogy.... He might stumble on a few things sometimes, but given the genre of film he chooses to work in, that is totally acceptable.. I happen to be looking forward to this very much, as well as RE: Afterlife...
  • Sabes
    Sounds awesome, might even try picking up that novel.
  • Christ
    I agree, Paul WS Anderson is a piece of crap.
  • He looks like Alex Mercer from Prototype.
  • Vold
    Sounds like it could be a good movie. Personally i really like Paul's directing style.
  • Fisherr
    I really love the picture.
  • David Banner
    There's so few fantasy films made, I even welcome bad ones. But, I do like this idea of a movie allready, so I think I'll buy&read the book to check it out. Don't know why, but it made me think of Diablo, Blizzards games....maybe wishful thinking
  • Michael
    The book is actually quite good. As a debut novel it's impressive, it's not mind blowingly great but the story is very engaging, very readable. The book has some great imagery and lots of action that I think will translate very well on screen. Just hopes that they won't butcher the novel, I'll be eager to watch it if it ever comes out.
  • Aus
    He got Warts ey?.. sad
  • d1rEct
    Well it might not be so bad (and I use the word 'bad' loosely) as long as he doesn't write the screenplay.
  • Richard
    Im totally into this! The book is epic - made to be a movie!




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