There are plenty of reasons to be excited for upcoming fantasy The Seventh Son, not the least of which is the reunion of Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore on the big screen for the first time since The Big Lebowski. Bridges plays Master Gregory, the mentor to a talented young man called Thomas (Ben Barnes) who has the potential to become a Spook: a fighter of evil creatures and magic. Moore stars as just one example of the evil that they have to overcome – a witch called Mother Malkin.
Those who are eagerly waiting to see The Seventh Son have already been frustrated twice by a release date that keeps getting further and further away. The Seventh Son was originally scheduled to release in February 2013, but the film was pushed back to October, then pushed back again to January 17th, 2014.
At least this means there are only a few short months left to go… or not. THR has confirmed that the recent end of Legendary Pictures’ partnership with Warner Bros has caused The Seventh Son to change hands, with Universal Pictures taking charge of distribution after signing a new deal with Legendary. A Universal rep said that the company hasn’t yet picked a release date for The Seventh Son, so the film may well end up becoming a spring or summer release.
While it’s somewhat worrying to see The Seventh Son delayed once more, Universal could still pull things together for release. A trailer and some posters have already been released, but there’s no doubt a lot more that could be showcased in a big promotional push before The Seventh Son finally hits theaters.
Marketing for the film is still in the early stages, though a few stills and the character posters that were revealed at Comic-Con this year – so all The Seventh Son needs is a couple of good trailers a bit closer to release in order to pique interest in its potential audience.
Accounts of footage shown so far describe Bridges doing yet another Rooster Cogburn variant as Master Gregory, and the last film in which he played that kind of character in a mentor role was this year’s R.I.P.D., one of the summer’s biggest box office flops so far. The 2010 Nicolas Cage fantasy flick The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which had a very similar premise to The Seventh Son, also struggled to fill seats. Since The Seventh Son doesn’t have a massive existing fanbase for Joseph Delaney’s Spooks books in the same way that The Hunger Games or Twilight, regular moviegoers are probably going to need to see something impressive before they’re willing to give it a chance.
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The Seventh Son will be out in theaters… well, it’s anyone’s guess, but we’ll keep you updated on any further developments.