Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s young adult novel, The Spook’s Apprentice, which has been retitled The Seventh Son for the big screen, was on Screen Rant’s list of most anticipated movies of 2013 thanks to its fantastic cast and intriguing premise.
Now it looks like a spot will be opening up on that list, as Warner Bros. has decided to delay it until 2014.
The film was originally slated for a February 15th, 2013 release, but, as you may have noticed, February came and went without The Seventh Son appearing in theaters. In May 2012, the release was set back to October 18th, 2013, and as the first images and details of the film were unveiled online, we began looking forward to the appearance of a trailer to give us a look at stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore in action.
Variety now reports that Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have decide to part ways rather than extend their distribution and co-financing partnership, and it’s believed that this may have contributed to The Seventh Son‘s release being delayed once more, this time to January 17th, 2014.
Delays like this aren’t the best of signs, but at least the delay isn’t due to a need to finish making the film; production wrapped about a year ago and post-production must be near completion as well. The new release date is arguably slightly less ideal than the previous one; the October release would have seen The Seventh Son competing only with R rated horror remake Carrie and Stallone/Schwarzenegger prison break action movie Escape Plan, neither of which directly hit the child and teen audiences that The Seventh Son will most likely be marketed toward.
In the January slot, the film is up against another young adult novel adaptation: The Book Thief, a movie based on Marcus Zusak’s best-selling book about a girl living in the grip of Nazi Germany, who rescues books from book burnings and eventually helps her foster family to hide a Jewish fist fighter in their home. It will also be out on the same date as animated animal comedy The Nut Job, in which Will Arnett voices a squirrel who plans to raid a city nut store.
With that in mind, The Seventh Son isn’t directly competing with any other fantasy movies, and given the strength of the cast, all it really needs is a good trailer to push it into the #1 spot for its opening weekend.
The book series – about a seventh son of a seventh son (Barnes) who becomes apprenticed to a grizzled old veteran exorcist (Bridges) – already has an existing fanbase who will most likely turn out to see the story on the big screen, but will you be there with them? Let us know if you like what you’ve heard about the movie so far.
The Seventh Son is out in theaters on January 17th, 2014.