Legendary’s Seventh Son has seen its theatrical premiere date delayed on multiple occasions and was passed from Warner Bros. to Universal (after Legendary and WB went their separate ways), but this Friday the general moviegoing public will get to see the supernatural monster-heavy fantasy/adventure at long last. Hence, as the final step in the tentpole’s marketing push, the above Seventh Son TV spot/trailer is being aired during the heavily-watched Super Bowl XLIX.
Seventh Son is based on “The Spook’s Apprentice”, which is the first installment in Joseph Delaney’s Wardstone Chronicles book series; meaning, the foundation is there for a new young adult fantasy-based big screen property, should the box office merit a franchise. However, as was brought up during our February 2015 movies preview, Seventh Son could just as well follow in the footsteps of last year’s I, Frankenstein and prove to be an IP that crashes and burns during takeoff (despite the potential for more).
Here is the official synopsis for Seventh Son:
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.
Sergei Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) directed Seventh Son, based on an adapted screenplay written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) as well as the screen story credited to Matt Greenberg (Reign of Fire).
Seventh Son opens in U.S. theaters on February 6th, 2015.