Friday, February 15, 2013

From Book to Movie: The Painted Man

The Painted Man / The Warded Man Movie  
by Peter V. Brett.

Wiki: The novel follows three POV characters in their passage from childhood to maturity. They are inhabitants of a world plagued by the attacks of demons known as corelings, which rise from the planet's core each night to feast upon humans. The ongoing attrition of these attacks have reduced humanity from an advanced state of technology to a 'dark age'. The only defense against the corelings are wards (magical runes) that can be drawn, painted, or inscribed to form protective barriers around human settlements. These are, however, fragile and prone to failure unless properly maintained. (Source)

The Painted / Warded Man is a fun ride, full of action-packed sequences but with little emotional impact. Additionally, the obstacles are quite easy for the characters to overcome, robbing the reader or viewer of emotional investment. 
Do not confuse this with a Lord of the Rings style epic. The scope is much smaller, the stakes never reach those heights, but perhaps the sequels 'The Desert Spear' and 'The Daylight War' broaden the image.
In my opinion, it could be an entertaining movie with good actors lending depth to otherwise shallow protagonists... although the first news are more than troubling:

Back in 2009 The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, that Paul W. S. Anderson (left) and his producing partner Jeremy Bolt picked up the rights for The Painted Man / The Warded Man. Both produced the Resident Evil - Franchise, whose five movies grossed nearly 1 billion dollar in worldwide box office (Box Office Mojo). The critics on the other hand were less than enthusiastic with the latest outing only receiving 31% on RottenTomatoes.
What will this mean for the adaptation of Peter V. Bretts fantasy book? 
Quite possibly with this producing team behind the camera we are in for another cheap and cheesy B-Movie
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  1. Pardon, but you are full of $#!7 as a Christmas Turkey. You said, "The Painted / Warded Man is a fun ride, full of action-packed sequences but with little emotional impact." What? Did you read the same books? I bit my nails through the whole series. Can you give actual example of lack? Or do you just throw out broad sweeping generalities as if it is solid fact because you never invested the time and creative energy to write a gripping Epic Fantasy novel and then put your neck out there on the publishing line to get pummeled by shallow fools like yourself. WTH? If this series does not stir emotion, the what does?

    1. Hey Larry,
      thanks for taking the time comment!
      As I wrote in the next sentence: "Additionally, the obstacles are quite easy for the characters to overcome, robbing the reader or viewer of emotional investment." - which was my greatest problem with the book: every obstacle presented was solved quite easily and without consequences.

      Isn't it great, that you found a series of books you love?
      And isn't it great, that everybody is allowed to write whatever they want, be it books or blog posts, only to get pummeled by shallow fools?!
      The wonderful world we live in!

    2. Every obstacle was solved quite easily and without consequences...hmmm. A pivotal moment in the first book would be the death of Arlen's mother. The obstacle - Mom was about to expire from a demon wound, while Dad's mentality was deeply ingrained with self preservation. Instead of pressing on, they returned to the closest point of succor. This resulted in the death of Arlen's mother, and the realization that salvation was attainable. The consequences - Arlen abandoned Tibbet's brook and left, setting him on a path that damaged him emotionally. This also left Renna in the hands of Harl, and he is a dirty old bastard. The extent of Arlen's warding of his skin, and the potential damage he may have done to himself, has yet to be seen. I'd say that's a pretty good example of an obstacle that wasn't very easy to overcome. The choices made after the incident were starting to show consequences throughout the first book and into the second. I disagree with you, and think that in the right hands, this series of books would make a great movie. It remains to be seen if Anderson can handle it. Cheers!

  2. I aggre with larry im prety shure be in the middle of a feild and haveing to draw symbols in exactly the right way and place is prety dificult and struggling to keep going with deep cuts and puncture wounds with no way to clean them wouldent be "an easy obstacle to overcome"

  3. The book is epic. But Anderson will kill it. Personally I think the film should be Anime. Like Tokyo Ghoul.