Few actor or celebrities have made as much of a mark on the cultural landscape as Harrison Ford. Earlier this summer, his iconic Han Solo character received an origin film. Ford has appeared in both “The Force Awakens” and “Blade Runner 2049” in the past 3 years. Audiences still love Ford, and the last two projects showed some would like him to get one last push for Oscar. Audiences excited to see Ford in an adventure film may get their wish soon. However, it won’t be as the hat-wearing archeologist audiences love. That doesn’t mean gold won’t be involved though. Potentially Oscar gold.
According to Variety, Ford is joining a new adaptation of “Call of the Wild,” to be directed by Chris Sanders. Sanders is best known for his work in animation. He’s received 3 Oscar nominations for directing “Lilo & Stitch,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and “The Croods” in 2013. While this will be his live-action debut, he’ll be supplied with a script from Michael Green. Green drew raves last year for scribing “Blade Runner 2049” and picked up his first Oscar nomination for co-writing “Logan.” The combination of the two films bodes well for the adaptation in both tone and size. The film is to be produced and released by 20th Century Fox.
The question about the new adaptation is what form will the movie take. Variety reports the film is going to rely heavily on special effects studio Technoprops. Technoprops worked on “Avatar” and should help build special FX dogs for the film. Considering “Call of the Wild” is focused on a dog named Buck, this poses hope for the film. Bringing on an animator to create most of the creatures, and then featuring a human at the center of the film, could be a winning combination.