If there’s one name that sends chills down the spine of Internet communities everywhere, it’s Paul W.S. Anderson (I guess Uwe Boll too, but fuck it; I love that guy). It’s not that his visual eye is bad, but he’s one of the only directors in Hollywood who refuses to grow as a filmmaker. Each new film is loaded with as many stereotypes and clichés as the last one, and today, I’m here to tell you that he’s got another film in the pipeline to anticipate.
Anderson and his producing partner, Jeremy Bolt, have acquired the rights to Peter V. Brett’s horror/fantasy novel The Warded Man. Anderson told The Hollywood Reporter, “It was an occasion where it paid to be British…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.” Added Bolt, “We put our own money to buy it. We were reading all these great reviews, and we thought someone was going to buy it pretty fast.”
The Warded Man is set in an undetermined future where mankind is beset by nightly attacks from demonkind and has been thrown back into a feudal state. Three young people emerge with the potential power to turn the tide, including the title character, a man who has wards (spells) tattooed on his body.
I’m liking the book’s premise and will definitely be checking it out. The movie, on the other hand, even in this early stage, does nothing for me considering the talent involved.
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