Warner Bros. Will Not Release SEVENTH SON

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A surprising bit of custody business has been settled as a result of the divorce between Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.  The two studios will part ways at the end of this year when their current contract expires, and Legendary has already set up a distribution deal with Universal Pictures after opting not to renew its WB deal.  Just the other day we learned that Legendary agreed to give up its stake in the Man of Steel sequel in exchange for a portion of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which is a co-production between Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures, and now it appears that Warner Bros. is dropping the upcoming fantasy-adventure film Seventh Son altogether.  As a result, the film’s release date is now in flux.

Hit the jump for more, including a rundown of the Warner Bros./Legendary projects that are still in question.

seventh-son-julianne-mooreWarner Bros. has removed Seventh Son from its upcoming calendar and Universal Pictures will now release the film, according to THR.  The film’s plot follows mystical knight Father Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) and their fight to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her followers.  The previous trailer and Comic-Con footage haven’t exactly been promising, but Warner Bros. had already released a number of promotional posters for the film and was well into the first leg of its marketing campaign.

Seventh Son was poised to hit theaters on January 17th, but that is no longer the case.  Universal tells THR that they haven’t yet chosen a release date, so expect to hear word on that front in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, Warners is still set to release the Legendary co-production 300: Rise of an Empire and next summer’s Godzilla, for which Legendary assumed 75%-80% of the budget.

Additionally, there are a few other Legendary projects that will no longer be distributed by Warner Bros., including Warcraft, Hot Wheels, Mass Effect, and director Michael Mann’s thriller Cyber.  Those films will be submitted to Universal for consideration, and the studio will decide which projects it wants to co-finance.

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  • seanl8594

    This movie has flop written all over it. As a Jeff Bridges fan I hope it’s a huge hit but I’m afraid this movie is gonna flop harder than the Lone Ranger, or maybe even worse than John Carter. Another good move in this divorce by WB

  • Bruno St-Jean

    As Spielberg said earlier this year, that the movie industry is imploding due to too much of Big bland blockbusters, studios now fear flops.
    They always say that you’re as good as you’re last film, gross-wise and even if Mr. Bridges is the Dude himself and has won an oscar, Studios look at the failure of his latest film (R.I.P.D) and they’re getting afraid. The move they’re making to go to Mr. Nolan is simply that they want to ensure some revenues and Mr. Nolan did not dissapoint money Wise with his films over the past decade,
    it will be interesting to see in the near future how studios will negociate their name over certain films that are already produced, if they smell fear of a flop due to lack of buzz or audience test in advance…. The sad part will be that independant films will get harder and harder to be made and distributed in movie theatres at a large scale and on top of that, filmakers notority will diminish as for element of sale of a film… To recall Spielberg, his film Lincoln, was close to be an HBO special.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Shutt/709934806 John Shutt

      Spielberg is wrong about his predictions.

      • Harry Palm

        Spielberg has a career because he was there when the industry imploded the first time, so he should know full well what he’s talking about.

      • Sten

        Wrong: he was there, when the blockbusters started. He actually made the first one himself (Jaws). The budget explosion has come because of James Cameron. He did the first 100 mio. budget blockbuster (Terminator 2), he was the first to use CGI (The Abyss) in a big budget movie, he had the first 200 mio. budget blockbuster (Titanic) and he started the 3D projection in recent time. And won most of these bets as he made the biggest blockbuster of all time not once but twice!

        The studios just try to get Cameron’s strategy right. Sometimes it works moneywise (Pirates, Transformers), sometimes it doesn’t (Battleship, John Carter, Lone Ranger).
        A new winning strategy is the one Marvel has with the build-up movies. That will be the next thing they’ll try if the generic blockbuster strategy fails. Warner takes a shortcut with the Man of Steel sequel because Green Lantern didn’t work.

        We’ll see if Cameron himself can change this again with his insanely overproduced Avatar-Sequels. They might be the “new Cleopatra“. I hope not, but we’ll see.

      • Strong Enough

        WRONG

      • Sten

        You got me!

      • Sten

        You got me!

      • Lou Teddyb Peralta

        Looking at the way Avatar rose ticket prices with its own large budget, it is safe to assume that the more large budget films there are, the higher ticket prices will go.
        Considering that theaters need large budget films to make money in order to stay in business, the more that flop, the higher ticket prices go.

      • pinkincide

        The Marvel movies will keep proving Spielberg wrong. There’s a huge appetite for giant action movies, if they’re just a tiny bit competent. The only way he’s right is if the studios are stupid enough to devote a whole summer to Lone Ranger/John Carter crap.

    • Sten

      Jeff Bridges seems to be the new Nicolas Cage, but without a good blockbuster phase (The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off). He goes straight to Ripp Offs of better movies. Best blockbuster he was in was Iron Man. But he wasn’t the hero, so that doesn’t count. Tron Legacy would be the only one, and that was a bit mediocre in my opinion. He needs better projects.

    • Sten

      Jeff Bridges seems to be the new Nicolas Cage, but without a good blockbuster phase (The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off). He goes straight to Ripp Offs of better movies. Best blockbuster he was in was Iron Man. But he wasn’t the hero, so that doesn’t count. Tron Legacy would be the only one, and that was a bit mediocre in my opinion. He needs better projects.

  • Jack

    Those other films haven’t yet been confirmed as non-WB releases.

    • Matt Clayton

      The reason that Seventh Son is moving to Universal is because Legendary financed the whole film (and WB was merely releasing it). WB co-financed 300: Rise of an Empire and Godzilla with Legendary, so they’re staying at the studio. Get your facts straight.

  • 97point6

    It doesn’t take genius, only a working nose to smell the crap that’s been shoveled out these last few years. Honestly, can’t you smell the stink of the 7th Son from here?

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  • furion77

    Ohhh, I was looking forward to January for this movie.

  • Dev1359

    No one was going to see this movie anyway.

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