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Warner Bros. Gives Up it’s Stake in SEVENTH SON Release Date Now in Flux

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Not since Kramer vs. Kramer has a custody dispute lit up the Hollywood brass like the divorce between Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. The two studios are parting 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. 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.

Warner 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) as they fight to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her followers. The previous trailer left me feeling underwhelmed, 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 set 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, Warner Bros. 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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