Because we’re not getting enough franchises based on book series, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary pictures are teaming up to bring us ‘Seventh Son’, based on the first book of The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delany titled ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’. To change the pace up a bit from this past weekend’s dystopian future where teenagers are forced to kill each other, this series offers up witches, ghosts, and knights. Warner Bros. has a bit of experience in that area, so this could be interesting to see, especially looking at the big names that they’ve cast in the movie: Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, and Jeff Bridges.
Along with the announcement of production starting on March 19th, the press release, which can be viewed in its entirety at Collider, offered up an official synopsis of the film.
“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, who directed the Oscar-nominated foreign language films ‘Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan’ and ‘Prisoner of the Mountains’, will helm the project. He will be directing from a script written by Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight.
Currently, there is no official release date for the film that is being shot in its entirety in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, but if you can’t wait to see what this film will look like and don’t feel like reading the book to visualize the look with your imagination, some concept art for the film that has not been seen outside the hallowed halls of Comic-Con was released online as well. Check out the image below.
What do you think about WB and Legendary’s tag team effort on this supernatural epic? Do you think that the Warners will get anywhere near their success with the Harry Potter franchise?