News briefs: Warded optioned; Heroes ups Knepper

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Resident Evil producers Paul W. S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt have picked up film rights to Peter V. Brett's debut fantasy novel The Warded Man, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Anderson is attached to direct the story, set in an undetermined future where mankind is beset by nightly attacks from demonkind and has been thrown back into a feudal state.

Robert Knepper, who was originally signed for six episodes of NBC's Heroes, has been upped to a regular cast member, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Knepper's character, Samuel, is the charismatic but evil Earth-moving ringleader of a traveling carnival who recruits people with special powers for a mysterious purpose.