With Indiana Jones 5 pushed back, Harrison Ford is now in negotiations to join 20th Century Fox’s new adaptation of Call of the Wild, according to Variety. Ford would play John Thornton, a prospector braving the Yukon on the hunt for gold, accompanied by his team of dogs.
The 1903 Jack London book is officially described as follows:
“Kidnapped form his safe California home. Thrown into a life-and-death struggle on the frozen Artic wilderness. Half St. Bernard, half shepard, Buck learns many hard lessons as a sled dog: the lesson of the leash, of the cold, of near-starvation and cruelty. And the greatest lesson he learns from his last owner, John Thornton: the power of love and loyalty. Yet always, even at the side of the human he loves, Buck feels the pull in his bones, an urge to answer his wolf ancestors as they howl to him.”
Thornton was previously played by Clark Gable in a 1935 adaptation and by Charlton Heston in 1972.
Chris Sanders (The Croods) is directing Call of the Wild from a script by Michael Green (Logan). Erwin Stoff is producing with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford working as co-producer. Filming is set to start in September.