The Seventh Son - Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes

Seventh Son has been coming for so long at this point, it’s almost surprising to realize it hasn’t actually arrived yet. But it will be here soon. Universal and Legendary have the fantasy adventure slated for release early next year, and today the first Seventh Son trailer has finally surfaced.

Directed by Sergey BodrovSeventh Son chronicles an ancient battle between mankind and supernatural forces. On one side are Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his new apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), on the other is the powerful witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore). Watch the Seventh Son trailer after the jump.

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It’s time for another round of Release Date Shuffle! Perhaps the biggest news here is that Warner Bros. has pushed back its YA fantasy The Seventh Son, directed by Sergey Bodrov and starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, and Julianne Moore, much farther into next year. But there are also new dates for the supernatural teen romance Beautiful Creatures and the oddball dramedy Robot & Frank, and bad news for Relativity’s military thriller Hunter Killer. Hit the jump for more.

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For their appearance at Comic-Con this year, Legendary Pictures hosted a panel showcasing four of their upcoming films. Two of those were the fantasy projects The Seventh Son, Sergey Bodrov‘s YA adaptation featuring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes, and Alex ProyasParadise Lost, which stars Bradley Cooper as Lucifer. (Click here to read Russ’ coverage of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, also part of the Legendary panel.) Read panel highlights and check out concept art for The Seventh Son and Paradise Lost after the jump.

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In what could reasonably be deemed a move to capitalize on the success of Twilight, studios are buying up the rights to any and all young adult book series with a built-in following. And apparently, they’re all vying for Alex Pettyfer to headline the resulting adaptations. Pettyfer already starred in the first film of the failed franchise Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker — based on a young adult novel — and next up he has I Am Number Four from director DJ Caruso — also based on a young adult novel — and the modern day “Beauty and the Beast” reimagining Beastly — based on, you guessed it, a young adult novel. He was also set to be starring in an adaptation of the young adult series The Mortal Instruments, but now, it looks as though he’s moved on… To another adaptation of a young adult series.

Is Alex Pettyfer poised to be the next teen heartthrob a la Robert Pattinson? The studios sure seem intent on making that a reality. And hell, with the way things are shaping up, he may actually eclipse Pattinson within the year. (Pun regretfully intended.) Read More »