Thoughts on the trailer for Seventh Son
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.