Disney is traveling back to the wilderness for a new adaptation of White Fang, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The studio previously brought Jack London’s classic novel to the big screen in a 1991. The film, which starred a young Ethan Hawke, was a modest box office success, earning $34.79 million on a budget of just $14 million.
Academy Award nominee Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) is attached to pen the new screenplay, and Lance Acord — Spike Jonze’s longtime director of photography — will make his directorial debut with the picture.
The plot of the original film, which featured Hawke’s character arriving in Alaska in the early 20th century and befriending a wolf dog, only takes up a sliver of London’s original novel. The original White Fang is narrated by the animal and follows him as he tries to survive in the harsh Yukon Territory. It’s possible that the Acord/Rivera update could utilize previously unused aspects of London’s original narrative.
Originally published in 1906, White Fang is viewed as a companion novel to London’s Call of the Wild. That novel follows a reverse trajectory as a domesticated dog learns to embrace his wild side.
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