Thoughts on the trailer for Seventh Son

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                                                    Jeff Bridges as the Spook

I’ve long been a colossal fan of Joseph Delaney’s Wardstone Chronicles (The last apprentice in the US) and when a movie based on the first book in the series was announced i couldn’t contain my excitement. Gradually, however, details began to appear that made me somewhat nervous. The fact that the movie has a largely American cast was the first thing, seen as the book is set in Britain. Also, they warped the story to such a degree that claiming it was based on Delaney’s masterful book was entirely false. And the fact that they were casting Ben Barnes, a twenty something, as a Tom (who is a kid in the book) doubled my worries. 

Now that the trailer has been released i have mixed feelings. On the one hand, this looks like it is going to be epic, action packed fantasy (something i love) and maybe even begin a whole new franchise in the vein of Lord of the Rings. However, its such a shame they didn’t adhere to Delaney’s book which could have made for a genuinely scary, dark fantasy movie. It looks like the producers wanted to go completely over the top, just to boost box office numbers. 

I don’t know what Delaney thinks, but i imagine he’s quietly devastated at how much they have butchered his story. Yes, there are plenty of creatures and fantasy action to please me, but i can’t help but imagine how great a movie it could have been, if adapted better. I will certainly be seeing this movie, as it looks right up my street. And who knows, perhaps further installments will stick closer to Delaney’s intricately crafted series? 

See the trailer for yourself, here, and if you’ve read the books, tell me what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQt6lYJHIOA

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About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

Posted on 07/11/2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I know exactly what you mean Sam. While I haven’t read the books, I do remember the discussions that went on regarding the early Harry Potter movies, where the studios wanted to base them in the USA. JK Rowling (perhaps because she was so secure from her book earnings) absolutely insisted it needed to be an all British cast and locations. Hence the blockbusters we see. US studio executives seem to have very little conscious understanding of their own audiences, believing that they won’t identify with heroes if they’re not Americans. This seems to have continued despite the obvious evidence from Potter that the view is wholly wrong.

    Even with US based books, the studios age the characters, making Percy Jackson 17 instead of 12, effectively pitching the film at a different audience to the books.

    As far as what the author thinks, he might be balancing a large income from film rights versus the artistic integrity of his books. It must be a hard road to walk, especially if you’re trying to keep the financial wolf from the door. Saying that, it’s a problem I wouldn’t mind being faced with.

  2. Rowling was adamant that she be involved, yes, and it showed because most of the time they got everything right. But with Seventh Son they seem to be catering for a wider audience, not the fans of the books (understandable, but unfortunate).
    It’s a problem i wouldn’t mind facing too, haha, a movie deal would be great.

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