With the latest chapter of the Indiana Jones franchise recently being pushed back to a 2021 release, Harrison Ford suddenly has a large gap in his schedule. However, he may have already filled it. Variety is reporting that Ford is in talks to star in Call Of The Wild, which will be based on the 1903 novel of the same name by Jack London.
Ford will play John Thornton, a prospector weathering the Yukon while on the search for gold. 20th Century Fox is reportedly looking to pull out all the stops to make this a big-budget adventure that will explore the gold rush of the 1890s.
Chris Sanders (The Croods) is set to direct the project from a script penned by Michael Green (Logan, American Gods). Production is expected to truly kick off in September with Technoprops, a special effects studio bought by Fox in 2017, being a major part of the process.
The 1903 Call Of The Wild novel has already been adapted twice. First in 1935 with Clarke Gable as the lead, and then again in 1972 with Charlton Heston above the title.
It is estimated that over 100,000 prospectors converged on the Klondike region during the Gold Rush era, after local miners discovered gold in nearby Bonanza Creek.
In lieu of a new Indiana Jones film for a few years, Ford may have found a similarly swashbuckling adventure to star in. However, this will likely be somewhat of a darker film, as many miners were not able to survive the menacing journey needed to reach what was dubbed “the promised land”.