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In Development: Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges For Seventh Son; Pablo Ferro's "Genius" Titles

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 21, 2011 at 7:32AM

Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges are pairing up for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures's exorcist flick The Seventh Son. The project started out as an adaptation of Joseph Delaney's young adult trilogy, The Last Apprentice. The story takes place in the 1700s, about a young man training to be an exorcists who is tricked to use his abilities to unleash Mother Malkin (Moore), the most evil witch in the world. The young man's exorcist teacher is Master Gregory ("Spooks"), to be played by Bridges. Roles were offered to Alex Pettyfer and Jennifer Lawrence, but both are out--Lawrence's schedule just became dominated by her own franchise, The Hunger Games. Sergei Bodrov (Mongel) is directing The Seventh Son from Max Borenstein's screenplay. Production kicks off September in Vancouver.
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Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges are pairing up for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures's exorcist flick The Seventh Son. The project started out as an adaptation of Joseph Delaney's young adult trilogy, The Last Apprentice. The story takes place in the 1700s, about a young man training to be an exorcists who is tricked to use his abilities to unleash Mother Malkin (Moore), the most evil witch in the world. The young man's exorcist teacher is Master Gregory ("Spooks"), to be played by Bridges. Roles were offered to Alex Pettyfer and Jennifer Lawrence, but both are out--Lawrence's schedule just became dominated by her own franchise, The Hunger Games. Sergei Bodrov (Mongel) is directing The Seventh Son from Max Borenstein's screenplay. Production kicks off September in Vancouver.

Moore is busy, as always. ThePlaylist reminds that she's averaged three films a year for the past ten years, and has Crazy, Stupid, Love, with Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, out July 29, Another Bullshit Night in Suck CIty filming with Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Olivia Thirlby (based on Nick Flynn's memoir), and has signed on to play Sarah Palin for HBO Film's Game Change.

Moore is also in pre-production on vampire drama Innocence, co-starring Abigail Breslin and is rumored for Backwoods with Kristen Stewart. In development are Morgan's Summit with Bruce Willis and writer-director Tom Shulman (Dead Poet's Society), as well as The Devil's Pool also with Stewart attached and James Lapine signed on to direct.

Bridges' schedule is looking somewhat less packed. He is narrating the animated biography Pablo, the personal journey of Cuban graphic artist and title designer Pablo Ferro (L.A. Confidential, Good Will Hunting, Bullitt). A Clockwork Orange director Stanley Kubrick called Ferro a "genius."

[Photos: Moore - Jason Merritt/Getty, Bridges - Steve Granitz/Getty]

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, Daily Read, Production , Drama, Biopics, Animation, Books, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.