Warner Bros. Delays Fantasy Adaptation 'The Seventh Son' Yet Again
Well, that's not a good sign. After originally dated for release this past February, Warner Bros. delayed the Legendary Entertainment production of The Seventh Son, an adaptation of The Last Apprentice (or The Wardstone Chronicles) book series by Joseph Delaney, to an October release date. Now Variety reports the film is being delayed again and is getting pushed into the dreary release month of January 17th, 2014. That early of a release is where movies usually go to die. It's not surprising since all we've seen are a couple of first look photos with no sign of a teaser trailer or any real promotion yet, so the studio must be worried.
There's been rumblings that the treatment of this film might be one of the reasons that Legendary has decided to leave Warner Bros. as their studio home and are currently shopping around Hollywood for a new base camp. For those just joining us, the story follows Thomas (Ben Barnes), seventh son of a seventh son, who is apprenticed to the local Spook (Jeff Bridges), whose job is to fight evil spirits and witches. However, the boy doesn't realize just how soon he'll face a powerful enemy alone, as Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) escapes her confinement while the Spook is away. Thomas is forced to use his wits, and the help of his enigmatic new friend, Alice (Alica Vikander), to fight the evil witch. And defeating her is only the start of the boy's problems. We'll have to wait until next year to see if the film actually works.
Last 5-10 years(or since Fellowship) there's been two dozen zero-budget, looks worse than Xena, crap-fest Fantasy movies made direct-to-the-dumpster; I understand their hesitation. Several of them are on Netflix stream, take a peek. But this can't be worse than Season of The Witch,and it has Jeff Bridges(!), Julianne Moore(!).
David Banner on Jun 29, 2013
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