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Film is tipped for success

A scene from Seventh Son, featuring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes. Below: Author Joseph Delaney.

A scene from Seventh Son, featuring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes. Below: Author Joseph Delaney.

WORK to transform a fantasy novel by a Fylde coast author into a big budget blockbuster starring Oscar-winning Hollywood talent is almost complete.

And pictures from the film set of The Seventh Son in Vancouver, Canada, have now been released by production firm Warner Bros.

The film is an adaptation of The Spook’s Apprentice, written by former Blackpool Sixth Form College tutor Joseph Delaney, and is due to hit the cinema screens in October.

The film stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes.

Speaking to The Gazette, Mr Delaney said: “I signed the contract with the film people early and was excited at the time.

“I have been consulted occasionally and I did visit Vancouver in April and met Jeff Bridges on the film set.

“I’m happy the book has been made into a film and hopefully it will advertise the series to many new readers.”

The Spook’s Apprentice is the first of The Spook’s Stories – known in the US as The Wardstone Chronicles – which explore the relationship between the master and student of supernatural arts known as spooks and include references to the area including ‘Black Pool’.

Mr Delaney said there was talk of using Lancashire locations for filming, but as the film was shot in Canada some changes to the setting had been made.

The 67-year-old author added: “Instead of Pendle we now have ‘Pendle City’.”

He added: “They have used several script writers and the plot of the film has moved away from the plot of the first book in the series.

“However Jeff Bridges will make an excellent spook and it is an action-packed film which I’m sure will be successful.”

As for the title’s new name, Mr Delaney said it was a good compromise between the novel titles in the UK and America, which differ.

He said: “I think ‘The Seventh Son’ is a good title because that is the basic qualification to become a spook’s apprentice.”

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