Seventh Son (film)

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Seventh Son
Seventh Son Poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Sergei Bodrov
Produced by Basil Iwanyk
Thomas Tull
Lionel Wigram
Written by Matt Greenberg
Chuck Leavitt
Max Borenstein
Based on The Spook's Apprentice 
by Joseph Delaney
Starring Ben Barnes
Jeff Bridges
Julianne Moore
Music by Tuomas Kantelinen[1]
Cinematography Newton Thomas Sigel
Edited by Paul Rubell
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • 17 January 2014 (2014-01-17)
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English

Seventh Son is an upcoming fantasy film based on the first installment in Joseph Delaney's children's dark fantasy novel series The Wardstone Chronicles, known in the US as The Last Apprentice, titled The Spook's Apprentice. The story centres around 14-year-old Tom Ward, a seventh son of a seventh son, and his adventures as the apprentice of the Spook. It is directed by Sergei Bodrov and stars Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, and Julianne Moore. It features music composed by Tuomas Kantelinen. It is scheduled to be released in 3-D and IMAX 3D on 17 January 2014.[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. John Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a Spook, a person who fights against the Dark, 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: John 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.

The story is only vaguely inspired by the books as most of the characters, settings and general storyline have been edited and retain very few similarities with their novel counterparts.



The film originally featured Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore[4] as the Spook and Mother Malkin. Sam Claflin and Alicia Vikander were cast as Tom Ward and Alice,[5] but in June 2011, Variety broke out that Claflin had bowed out for reasons unknown and Ben Barnes was cast in his stead.

Production began on 19 March 2012 in Vancouver, Canada.[6] In February 2013, Legendary Pictures agreed to give $5 million to recently bankrupt visual effects house Rhythm and Hues Studios so they would complete their work in The Seventh Son.[7]


Seventh Son has switched release dates multiple times. It was originally scheduled for release February 22nd 2013, but moved back to October 18th 2013, to complete post production. It again moved from October 18th 2013, to January 17th 2014, due to the company parting ways.


A. R. Rahman was announced to, alongside Tuomas Kantelinen, be composing the score of the movie.[8] However, in July 2013, he left the project to scheduling difficulties.[9]


  1. ^ "A.R. Rahman and Tuomas Kantelinen to Score ‘The Seventh Son’". Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Warner Bros. Delays Jeff Bridges' 'The Seventh Son' Again". Variety. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  3. ^ "The Seventh Son Gets Ben Barnes". Brian Gallagher. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Matt (21 March 2011). "Julianne Moore Joins Jeff Bridges in THE SEVENTH SON". Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (31 March 2011). "'Seventh Son' finds young leads". Variety. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (2012-03-26). "‘Seventh Son’ Begins Filming; Official Synopsis Released". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  7. ^ "'Seventh Son': Rhythm & Hues Seeks Judge's Approval of $5M to Finish Jeff Bridges Film". 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  8. ^ "A.R. Rahman and Tuomas Kantelinen to Score ‘The Seventh Son’". Film Music Reporter. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  9. ^ "A.R.Rahman (arrahman) on Twitter". Retrieved 2013-07-15. 

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