Official Synopsis for Fantasy Adventure SEVENTH SON Starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and Ben Barnes

     March 26, 2012


Production has begun on the fantasy action adventure flick Seventh Son, and with that announcement comes an official synopsis.  Briefly: Jeff Bridges plays a knight who had imprisoned an evil witch (Julianne Moore), but then she escapes and plans to do evil witchy things.  The knight is forced to take on an apprentice (Ben Barnes)—the seventh son of a seventh son—and only has until the next full moon to get the kid up to snuff.    The movie is based on The Spook’s Apprentice, the first novel in Joseph Delaney‘s young adult book series, The Wardstone Chronicles, which has franchise potential because of course it does.  Thankfully, it’s got a good cast on board, which also includes Olivia Williams and Kit Harington.

Hit the jump for the press release, which includes the synopsis.  Legendary Pictures made a brief presentation for the film at last year’s Comic-Con so it’s possible we might see another appearance at this year’s Con.  The press release doesn’t include a release date, but Box Office Mojo is listing the film for February 15, 2013.

the-spooks-apprentice-book-coverHere’s the press release.  I’ve bolded the synopsis:


Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes Lead the International Cast.

BURBANK, CA, March 26, 2012 — Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ fantasy action adventure “Seventh Son.” Shooting began on March 19, under the direction of award-winning filmmaker 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).

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.

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” upcoming “Wrath of the Titans”), Thomas Tull (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” upcoming “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″).

“Seventh Son” will be filmed entirely on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, “Seventh Son” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

  • Besides

    Wow! I’ve never heard of a plot like this before, man. <<Sarcasm

    Sorry, it sounds like it been tried before. Of course, it is aimed at teens, so I should just STFU….

  • John

    The seventh son of a seventh son? This is copying the Alvin Maker series.

  • Transmitte

    Hey! Didn’t disney put this out last year with Nic Cage?

    Yeah, they did. *INSERT BIG ASSED YAWN*

    But at least it has The Dude as a knight…

  • D. McHugh

    This is a fantastic series of books, kind of like an adults-only Harry Potter but way better. The problem here is that this synopsis has NOTHING to do with the story. What an awful shame. I’d heard author, Joseph Delaney signed his rights away and now the studios are making minced meat of his terrific book. I’d heard they were taking several of the books in the series and combining them into this one move. HUGE mistake. This synopsis reads like a completely different story. What a shame.

  • Tarek

    Jeff Bridges and Fantasy in the same sentence ? yum!

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  • Scott

    I was really excited about this movie- but I assumed it would be based on the first novel. Unfortunately it sounds like they are creating a whole new story based on the world DeLaney created. I hope they don’t mess it up. It’s such a great series of books. I would hate this to turn into ERAGON or THE SEEKER.. books with such potential that were ruined in film…

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  • Rhonda

    Such a great series of books. Once you start reading them, you CANNOT stop. I really hope they do the right thing by the books and stay true to the original story. This movie will be huge if they keep Joseph Delaney fans satisfied. There really is a huge fan base and potential for following movies. Please don’t disappoint us!

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  • Jazzy Girl

    I so can’t wait! But I heard Ben Barnes will play Tom Ward. Tom’s about 13 I think in the book. I kind of wish they followed the book. It makes it more interesting that he’s a young teen fighting witches and other things. But I see they’re making him a man already. DDDDD:

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