Legendary Pictures Gives New ‘Warcraft’ Updates & ‘Seventh Son’ Trailer Preview

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Legendary Pictures has some big releases coming up, quite literally, with large-scale monster movies Pacific Rim and Godzilla both aiming to dominate the box office over the next year. While there is a lot of hype for the kaiju pair, those aren’t the only films that the studio has up its sleeves.

To keep movie fans up to speed with the various projects that Legendary has in development at the moment, the production company held a press conference during which they presented various new details and materials. Earlier we rounded up some of the hints that director Gareth Edwards had dropped about the plot and themes of his Godzilla reboot, and now we have some details for more Legendary films that we’re looking forward to over the next few years – including Warcraft and The Seventh Son.

Cover of World of Warcraft novel Arthas Rise of the Lich King Legendary Pictures Gives New Warcraft Updates & Seventh Son Trailer Preview

Firstly, there was a small update to the status of Legendary’s World of Warcraft adaptation, starting with the fact that the title of the film has now been shortened to the simpler, snappier Warcraft. Studio CEO Thomas Tull said that the producing team, screenwriter Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) and director Duncan Jones (Moon) are taking their time with the development of their project, since, in Tull’s own words, “video game movies have not fared very well.

The studio’s caution isn’t without justification, as movie adaptations of video games do not currently have a great reputation and there are an awful lot of bad video game movies out there (though admittedly about 99.8% of them were directed by Uwe Boll). The future is looking brighter at the moment, however, now that video games developer and publisher Ubisoft has pieced together a full slate of movies based on their video game franchises for their new production company, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. The company is planning to keep the spirit of the source material alive by maintaining strict creative control. If all goes smoothly, Warcraft may end up being released shortly after Assassin’s Creed, increasing 2015′s chances of being a good year for video game adaptations.

Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes in The Seventh Son Legendary Pictures Gives New Warcraft Updates & Seventh Son Trailer Preview

The other major project on Legendary’s slate is The Seventh Son, a fantasy adventure movie with Jeff Bridges playing an exorcist and reuniting onscreen with Julianne Moore for the first time since The Big Lebowski. The film is an adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s novel “The Spook’s Apprentice,” and stars Ben Barnes (Dorian Gray) in the lead as Tom, a farm boy who becomes apprenticed to Bridges’ character, The Spook (like The Dude, but spookier), in order to make the most of the talents he has inherited as the seventh son of a seventh son.

The main focus of Legendary’s presentation was a sneak-peek at the trailer for the film, so hopefully a first look at The Seventh Son will become available for public consumption soon. So far we’ve seen a couple of promotional images like the one above, but no actual footage, but ComingSoon‘s Ryan Turek gives some of his impressions of what we can expect in terms of tone:

Bridges plays a knight whereas Moore is a powerful witch (with a tail, I might add) who can transform into a demonic, winged beast. The trailer packed a nice punch and it was brimming with various creatures and the promise of a cool adventure – akin to something like the old Ray Harryhausen films. Bridges is back doing some sort of Rooster Cogburn drawl, still, the movie looked like fun.

Julianne Moore in The Seventh Son Legendary Pictures Gives New Warcraft Updates & Seventh Son Trailer Preview

Based on the description of the trailer, it sounds like The Seventh Son will probably, like the novel, be aimed mainly at teen and pre-teen audiences – but that doesn’t mean it won’t be enjoyable for older audience members as well – especially if it invokes classic fantasy adventure movie nostalgia.

It isn’t the only movie this year that will see Bridges cast in a mentor role with an invocation of the Cogburn drawl; first up on that front is R.I.P.D., a movie based on the comic book series of the same name, in which Bridges will play a ghostly veteran police officer called Roy Pulsipher, who is assigned to coach rookie undead lawman Nick Cruz (Ryan Reynolds).

Are you impressed by what you’ve read about these Legendary Pictures projects, or do you only have eyes for Pacific Rim and Godzilla?

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The Seventh Son will be out in theaters on February 15th, 2013, and Warcraft is currently estimated to release some time in 2015.

Source: ComingSoon

TAGS: the seventh son, World of Warcraft

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  1. How does Legendary’s relationship with WB fit into all of this? It seems like they might be planning big things here.

    • Batman vs. Godzilla.

      • Batman vs. Ken Doll

    • I hear legendary is on the outs, looking towards moving to universal. Which would be a crushing blow to WV

  2. I love Legendary Pictures. Thomas Tull is a fanboy at heart and they really try to be faithful to whatever properties they are adapting. If they had owned DC Comics and not Warner Bros we may have had a DC Cinematic Universe already.

  3. I only came for Pacific Rim!!

  4. Oh my gosh, I really hope they make the seventh son good, it’s honestly a great series. I’d love reading those books, they were so creepy. I read them years ago, but still remember how great they were.

  5. They need to pull the trigger on the Warcraft movie. The game itself is getting fairly long in the tooth.

    While a total conversion is not wise there are so many story lines within the universe that have transferred to comics and novels.

    I just dont understand the ‘wait’. Unless of course they end up doing a Dragonlance…..

    • As a WoW player since release and still a very active player, I have been looking forward to a movie and would love one to be done right. However, I doubt we will ever see this movie.

    • I was under the idea that the “WOW” movie was just gonna be a Warcraft general movie anyway and probably not pertain directly to WOW.

      • I would hope they wouldn’t do that. They need characters, ‘named’ characters that can drive the story and make people care. (IMO)

        Thrall would be the best lead in. If that was successful go to the Alliance side showing how the Orcs came to be on Azeroth.

        End that with a great war on the horizon only to show the coming of….

        Pick one. Lich King, Burning Legion, Deathwing.

        From there the spinoffs for TV (animated like their intros) could cover ‘general’ life as it pertains to the universe.

        Just my opinion, have been playing since dial up Zug Zug ;) was PvP.

  6. Seriously just make a Warcraft film based on the first game that was made back in the early 90′s….the game is nearly unplayable now because it is so dated but it had a pretty good story line that would be a perfect translation to film….Forget the WoW b.s since it pretty much ruined Warcraft’s lore with killing off characters and constant retcons. Make a trilogy based on WC1,WC2, and the expansion “Beyond the Dark Portal”…then if that goes well you can create a film based on WC3 and the Burning Legion. Blizzard will probably never make a WC4 or continue that storyline because they’ll milk WoW for every penny, and they have Starcraft as an RTS franchise. You can’t really blame them for that. They’re in it to make money off of games not necessarily to tell great stories. So they should just continue the story from WC3 in film. As far as the actual cannon is concerned they should really just pretend that WoW doesn’t exist and just leave that for the MMORPG fans.

    • completely agree!make a WARCRAFT movie not WOW!

  7. Also, when you make a film based on WC1 it can’t be overly burdened by CGI and it should be rated R. It doesn’t need bad language or sex/nudity (but of course it will, it’s Hollywood). It just needs some pretty brutal violence. Braveheart type violence but updated with modern non-CGI special effects.

  8. As far as the actual cannon is concerned they should really just pretend that WoW doesn’t exist and just leave that for the MMORPG fans.

  9. Just watched the trailer for the seventh son, this looks so far away from Joseph Delaney’s the wardstone chronicles that I actually shed a tear. If the story was followed from the spooks apprentice, this could have been the next Harry Potter. Would love to know what other fans think of the trailer.

    • I had never heard of the book, but the trailer looked pretty bad….like Snow White and the Huntsman (which was an alright movie if I hadn’t of payed 10 dollars to see it.)

  10. I know the full stories of the seventh son of a seventh son,the chosen on,the guardian,look into the albums of Judas priest,look at the angel on the album angel of retribution,look at the face of the angel,that’s his little girl”baby sissy”look at the waste of the angel,that’s also one of his baby’s”little sissy”,guess who the angel is,Satan is his name,he now holds four stars in the seventh sons army,if you want the full story you can email me at soldiersofthecrosstheson gmail.com,he’s also the twin brother of Christ,hard to take in,listen to the song by mettalica king nothing,the star refers to the star of David,the star is a lineament of spiritual planets used to control mankind,wonder why all the countries are at war?

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