By Jeff Labrecque
Updated July 29, 2009 at 05:01 PM EDT

British director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) will direct an adaptation of The Warded Man, a best-selling fantasy novel from first-time novelist Peter V. Brett. Set in a bleak future where humans are subjugated by demon overlords, The Warded Man is the first chapter of Brett’s planned trilogy, and Anderson told The Hollywood Reporter that he believes the property has Lord of the Rings style potential.