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The Warded Man
Release Date: TBA
Genres: Fantasy, Horror
Production Phase: Pitch
Production Company: Tannhauser Gate
Who's Making It: Paul W. S. Anderson (Director), Jeremy Bolt (Producer), Paul W. S. Anderson (Producer), Stephanie Johnson (Executive Producer), Peter V. Brett (Creator - Writer)
Premise: In a future time when demons rise from the ground at sunset to look for any human flesh to consume, a trio of individuals make the decision to leave the safety of their towns and... More »
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Film rights to Peter V. Brett's debut novel The Warded Man have been purchased by the Resident Evil filmmaking duo of director Paul W. S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt. The two will produce the dark fantasy movie to be based on Brett's book, with Anderson attached to possibly direct.
Explaining how they came to option the screen rights, Anderson told The Hollywood Reporter, "It was an occasion where it paid to be British. [The book] 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."
"We put our own money to buy it," added Jeremy Bolt. "We were reading all these great reviews, and we thought someone was going to buy it pretty fast."
The Warded Man mixes horror with fantasy in a post-apocalyptic world where demonic beings called corelings rise from the ground during sunset and seek out anyone who ventures in the dark between well-lit spaces or from towns circled by protective wards painted or written into the ground. With only these regions offering any safety, humanity has fallen back into a dark age and lost much science and technology. The book's three main characters are individuals who each take their own separate way to learn about the different species of corelings and ways to kill them. Brett is writing two more books set in the same world.- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)