Director Sergei Bodrov’s fantasy epic, Seventh Son, has fallen foul of a custody battle, and has ended up in the hands of Legendary Pictures.
Legendary and Warner Brothers will separate at the end of the year as their contracts together run out, and will not be renewed. Because of this, Seventh Son has become caught in the middle of a bitter custody battle, and Legendary have acquired the film. Legendary have chosen not to renew their contract with Warners when the year ends, and have now set up a distribution deal with Universal to release Seventh Son.
The film was initially due for release on January 17th 2014, however the film has now been removed from Warners calendar. Whether Legendary’s new deal with Universal affects the release date of the film (which has already been pushed back a number of times) remains to be seen.
Earlier this week, Legendary agreed to give up their stake in Warner Brothers Man of Steel 2, and exchanged them for a part of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which is a co-production of Warners and Paramount.
Seventh Son is directed by Sergei Bodrov, director of the Oscar®-nominated foreign language films Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan and Prisoner of the Mountains. Seventh Son stars Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart, Iron Man), Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven, The Hours), and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia films).
The film’s international cast also includes Alicia Vikander (The Crown Jewels), Antje Traue (Pandorum, upcoming Man of Steel), Olivia Williams (Hanna) and Kit Harington (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).
Bodrov is directing the film from a screenplay by Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight, based on the book The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. Seventh Son is being produced by Basil Iwanyk (The Town, Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans), Thomas Tull (Inception, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) and Lionel Wigram (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the Harry Potter films). The executive producers are Jon Jashni, Brent O’Connor and Alysia Cotter, with Jillian Zaks and Erica Lee serving as co-producers.
The behind-the-scenes team collaborating with Bodrov includes director of photography Newton Thomas Sigel (Drive); three-time Oscar®-winning production designer Dante Ferretti “Hugo, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Aviator); Oscar®-nominated editor Paul Rubell (Collateral, The Insider); Oscar®-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network), and Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor John Dykstra (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2).
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.
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