Universal has unveiled a trailer for the Jeff Bridges fantasy film Seventh Son, kicking off a five-month marketing challenge for the long-delayed big budget actioner. The YA book-inspired adventure directed by Sergei Bodrov has been teased now for over a year in fits and starts, suffering numerous setbacks since first getting caught in the Rhythm & Hues VFX bankruptcy last year. That hitch cost Legendary an extra $4.9 million in post effects on the period fantasy adventure, in which Bridges plays a mystical warrior teaching a farmhand (Ben Barnes) to battle creatures, sorcery, and and evil queen Julianne Moore.
Initially set to open on February 22, 2013, Seventh Son was first pushed to October 18, 2013 to accomodate the VFX work. That summer distributor Warner Bros. moved it again to January 17, 2014, and even took it to Comic-Con for a panel and cast Q&A. But when Thomas Tull’s shingle split with the studio it took Seventh Son along to Universal. They set a final release for February 6, 2015, a date crowded with WB’s Wachowskis sci-fi Jupiter Ascending, Lionsgate’s Johnny Depp comedy Mortdecai, and Universal’s SpongeBob movie.
Now, a year after Warner Bros. debuted their first trailer for the film, here’s Universal’s new look at Seventh Son: